Please stay/Go away

Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.

-Mark 5:16-17

Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers.

-John 4:39-41

The Samaritans asked Jesus to stay, and He did. Those in the region of the Gerasenes pleaded with Him to leave, and He did. Be careful what you ask for.

On the other hand, Jesus understands when it’s our desperation talking:

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”

-Luke 5:8

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