11 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 13 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. 17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”
Individuals with leprosy had to stay away, become outcasts. Similarly, we can be in conditions or situations that can cause us to be outcasts or distant from others. However, we can’t let the condition imprison us or make us not grateful.
vs 17. Jesus had an expectation that all 10 lepers will return. Jesus is expecting us to show gratitude for what He has already done. When we have an attitude of gratitude, it shows appreciation and gives God glory.
Vvs 18-19. Gratitude brings salvation. Whereas all 10 were healed, to the Samaritan who returned, Jesus said ‘Your faith has made you well’. He received salvation and was made whole.
How do we do it – become a person of Gratitude?
1) Start small – Find some reason to be grateful
2) Practice daily – be appreciative on a daily basis
3) Be intentional about how you do it.
What gratitude does for us?
T – thanksgiving controls your Thoughts
H – thanksgiving covers our Hearts
A – thanksgiving cultivates a good Attitude
N – thanksgiving shows us our real Need
K – thanksgiving causes us to Kneel in gratitude
S – thanksgiving conquers Selfishness
Declare and confess that “I am becoming a person of gratitude.”