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Gratitude

He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” Luke 17:11-17

Let us time to express our gratitude to God.

As per the Oxford dictionary, the word “Gratitude” is “The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness

When Jesus healed the 10 lepers he commanded them to show themselves to the priests. This is what they did on the spot. One of the lepers who was healed came back to Jesus as he realized that he missed to thank Jesus for this blessing. Being thankful is a quality that 9 among the 10 lepers did not have. Perhaps the 9 others were grateful but they did not find it important to return on their steps to say “Thank you”. The readiness to say thank you comes from a heart which does not take for granted what he has. It is necessary to take the required time to say thank you even if it requires making backwards steps. The one least expected, a Samaritan, had this quality of being grateful. Samaritans were despised by the Jews and considered evil and yet the simple action of the Samaritan touch the Lord’s heart.

A father does everything he can for his children and does not always expect to be thanked or rewarded for his deeds. As Christians it is vital to thank God for every single blessings that we realize comes from God. If we forgot to say thank you for past blessings while in excitement, it is not too late to praise God for it today.

As the old hymn says “Count your blessings, name them one by one”.

Paul says: “And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Eph. 5:20

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thes. 5:18

David was a king who had a grateful heart. He said in the Psalms:

O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us.Your plans for us are too numerous to list.You have no equal.If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds,I would never come to the end of them.” Ps. 40:5

Abundance, glory and social status are often factors that contribute to an ungrateful heart. Man finds it no more necessary to thank God when he finds himself self-sufficient. When the “I” speaks, it boasts itself of its own achievements and forgets God.

I’m often guilty of taking glory and honor of my achievements when I know deep down my heart that it was God who miraculously orchestrated every steps that led to a blessing.

There’re enough reasons to thank God today for blessings we forgot to show gratitude the past years. I have observed that it is often those who have less who are the more grateful. Could it be because they know they are not self-sufficient and depend on God each step on the way. Such people have the time to appreciate God’s blessing and know Him more.

Wisdom tells us:

First, help me never to tell a lie.Second, give me neither poverty nor riches!Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the lord?”And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name” Prov. 30:9
May the Spirit teach us contentment through this year.
Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” 1 Tim. 6:6
May our attitude be like Job who praised God even though he lost everything.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;may the name of the Lord be praised” Job 1:21

Shall it be our prayer ?

Lord teach me to discern and be grateful at the works of your hands. Forgive me for my pride and the disillusion of being self-sufficient. I plead you to give me my bread for today. I do not want tomorrow’s bread, today has enough trouble of its own. Do not give me too much for fear that pride drags me away from you. Humble my heart so that it becomes spontaneously grateful at your deeds

Posted January 2, 2016 by Cedric in My writings (English)

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