But the crowds soon found out about it and took off after him. When they caught up with Jesus, he graciously welcomed them all, taught them more about God’s kingdom realm, and healed all who were sick.
Luke 9:11 (TPT)
I was at a conference this past weekend and one of the speakers, author and counselor Dan Allender, said:
With tragic stories, and everyone “is” one, don’t approach that person with mere curiosity. Take your shoes off … for you are on holy ground.
I first nodded in approval then the Holy Spirit brought a sweet conviction to me. “You don’t practice that as well as you could.” I explained to Him that I came by it rather naturally and I was sorry for how often and how quickly I can jump someone with advice. I’ve heard my friend and author, Gary Barkalow, say many times,
Answers before questions are not helpful.
I have been practicing both of these men’s invitations.
Who is my model, teacher, and guide on such matters? Jesus. He was (still is) incredibly compassionate, a marvelous listener, and the very best at asking questions. He honored those who shared their tales of woe. He invited it and, when it was time, he cared for them. It was one of the reasons the crowds flocked to Him; because of His wonderful way. His reputation.
An excerpt from The Warrior's Heart Blog. Read more here.