Day 7 ~ Healing Gratitude....Say it Loud, Say it Clear!

Scripture Reading: Luke 17:11–15

As you read today’s passage, notice some things about the leper who returned to thank Jesus. First, he came loudly. He couldn’t contain his gratitude. This occasion called for an unrestrained, extreme, public display of thanks.

Second, he came close. The ten lepers “stood at a distance” (v. 12) from Jesus—lepers were ceremonially defiled and weren’t allowed to come close to those who were “clean.” The healed leper who “fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks” (v. 16) was the only one of the ten who ever got close to Jesus. Gratitude places us in close proximity to Christ, where we experience the fullness of His redeeming power and enjoy the blessing of His presence.

Third, he came from a distance. “He was a Samaritan” (v. 16). This man had never known the true God until Jesus came into his world and transformed his life. After being separated from Jesus by a religious, cultural, and physical gulf, he loved what he saw in Jesus. Gratitude will draw you close to Jesus. Look for an opportunity today to thank the Lord for what He has done in your life—aloud, and in the presence of others.

Pray for a Grateful Heart
Lord Jesus, I want to be like the one healed leper who returned to give thanks for what You’ve done. You have worked in my life, healing my sin-stricken soul just as you healed the leper of his physical disease. I come back to You again, with loud praise for redeeming me and healing me. I draw close to You, fall at Your feet, and proclaim Your power and goodness over my life. Thank You! 

Life Application:

I have a tendency to get very upset and emotional about issues which I feel are not being handled properly by God or others. I had one such situation this past week, when I began to take a overly emotional response to a distressing issue. I began to feel angry and hurt and regret over a situation which I couldn't control, and which had no direct effect upon me. I became unable to be reasoned with, and was determined to see that justice be done int he way that I thought was necessary to remedy the situation. I began to take matters into my own hands and get bitter at the people who were hurting the situation. But then as I contemplated all manner of methods to solve the problem, I began to realize that I was basically putting myself in the place of God, and I was trying to cure problems for pople that He may have been using to work in their lives, and to protect them from future destruction. It was then through this scripture "Vengence is mine I will repay saith the Lord" Romans 12:19
that I realized the only way to solve the situation was for me to allow the healing waters of gratitude to flood my soul, and to pray for the people involved in the situation, and plead for God's great mercy on their lives. I was finally able to give the situation to God, and although I haven't seen the end of it yet, I am confident that He will answer my prayers, and use this situation for His glory. It's all about my heart and how willing I am to trust Him through it!

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