“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction” (2 Timothy 4:2).
Matters of faith are most effectively addressed in a way that is appropriate to the context. Paul describes three different teachable scenarios — intellectual, moral, and emotional — requiring distinctive approaches. Reproving corrects wrong beliefs, rebuking confronts wrong behavior, while exhortation brings courage to timid souls. The right word, at the right time, in the right situation can have a lasting impact.