To urge earnestly or to push someone towards some result. This is more intense than simply encouraging.
Examples of Exhortation:
- Luke 3:18-20- John is urging Herrod.
- Acts 2:40- Peter urging the people to be saved
- Acts 20:1-2- Paul preaching in many cities and he exhorted the disciples throughout the region
- 1 Thess. 4:9-10- Paul writes his exhortation to this church to excel in love for the brothers
- Titus 1:9- One qualification for Elder of the church is the ability to exhort
- Titus 2:6- Urge the young to be sensible
- Hebrews 13:22- The author is urging the reader to listen to what’s in this book. Bear with this letter of exhortation.
- 1 Peter 5:1-2- Elders need to be able to take exhortation.
Distinctiveness of Exhortation
- 2 Thess. 3:12- People are commanded and exhorted to follow the word of God. Give that extra push to follow Christ.
- 1 Timothy 4:13- The people are to be read to, exhorted, and taught
- Titus 2:15- Preachers are to speak, exhort and reprove.
- 1 Peter 5:12- Peter is testifying and exhorting
Exhorting With Love
- 1 Thess. 2:10-12- Paul gives the example of a father with his own beloved children when dealing with one another. We must be careful when exhorting or correcting one another and do it with love.
- 1 Timothy 5:1- Do not sharply rebuke an older man. Show respect to others.
—Robert Lee, 1-22-06, p.m.