Here in Chile, people think the word "exhort" means to tell somebody off, to berate them, to let them know how horrible they are. This is, of course, not true. My Mom has done two ladies Bible studies on exortation. She defines exhortation as "restoring a Christian to joy"
How dangerous we are with words! I love blogging because I can think about something before I write it. I can also delete something with a few clicks of my mouse. I wish I had more sense with my speech!!!!
I wish I could say that I exhort people. I do not come by it naturally. But thats no excuse. If you don't something naturally, you need to learn to do it. That means just doing it because it is right even if you feel weird at first doing it. Its like smiling when you sing. I grew up singing in Church and my mom always used to say, "Rhonda, SMILE" Of course, I do smile when I sing, always. We are trying to teach the girl who is signing for the singing to smile when she signs. I do it naturally now, but it is learned.
So, I'll learn to exhort, to be an encourager. To lift up and not tear down.
"Let you speech be alway with grace...."