But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13
“The root meaning has to do with coming alongside to give help. The writer is
saying. . .
‘Get alongside each other and help each other (MacArthur, John F. The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Hebrews, Moody Press, 1983, pg 92)).’”
Depending on what the situation calls for, encouragement can be a gentle word, a hug, practical help, or a kick in the pants. Yet it is always done from alongside, never condescendingly.
NavPress Bible study, Hebrews, NavPress, Colorado Springs, CO: 1989, pgs 54-55