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Matthew 4:23-24

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.

Immediately after being tempted by the devil in the wilderness Jesus went about all Jerusalem teaching, preaching and healing. Now had I just emerged from the type of trying experience that Jesus had gone through in the wilderness, without any human support or understanding, I most likely would have looked into taking a long vacation away from all human beings or at a minimum retreated to the solitude and peace of my study. Not Jesus. He went about all Galilee and not just certain neighborhoods.

After walking through great temptation in the wilderness Jesus went about aware of all the suffering and needs around Him. Instead of being completely consumed and absorbed by the way He had been mistreated, tempted and disrespected, He instead focused His attention on how He could help others.

When we suffer we have a choice and we can either allow that suffering to cause us to be bitter, hard, condemning and judgmental or we can allow that suffering to cause us to be soft, understanding and compassionate. Jesus didn’t differentiate between those who had suffered misfortune and those who were suffering because of their own bad decisions. He just ministered to whomever He came into contact with. When we are with a judgmental attitude it is an indication of how we feel about ourselves and our own situations more than about something external. Jesus was okay with what He had suffered through His hour of temptation and thus He could minister to and help others in their time of need regardless of how they got there and regardless of how they felt about Him.

What an example of leading!

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