ESOCS Devotional 8 September 2023 – The Attitude of Gratitude
MEMORY VERSE: ““One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.” Luke 17:15 NIV
TEXT: LUKE 17:11-19 (KJV)
And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, 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 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
Everything that was written in the Scripture aforetime was penned down for our own learning (Romans 15:4) These things are chronicled plainly on the pages of the scripture so that our generation will come across them and acquire knowledge that will guide us in life and in destiny.
Our main text today just taught us about a group of men who met Jesus to help them out from a very despicable situation. They were leprous men and according to the Hebrew tradition, leprosy is a very dangerous disease that makes those who suffer it to live in isolation and in most cases rejection (Leviticus chapter 13).
The bible said that Jesus gave them an instruction to carry out and they got their healing in the process. However, one of those men found out he has been healed and ran back to Jesus Christ to thank him for such a wonderful miracle, others did not come back.
In our world today, we are raising men who are eager to ask for help and favour, yet find it difficult to return gratitude to the sources of the help.
The worst of it is the set of individuals with the entitlement mentality, who assumes it is their right to get things from people but they never dim it fit to go back to those benefactors to say thank you.
No matter how big or small a particular show of kindness, help or assistance that have been rendered to you is, please, endeavour to express gratitude to the giver.
Ingratitude prevents one from getting more favour from both divinity and humanity. Gratitude is a sign of appreciation and it is a door opener to greater and better miracles.
- When you receive miracle from God and Blessings from men, endeavour to show how grateful you are in any measure you can.
- Oh Lord, give me grace to remain grateful at all times and also to express my appreciation before you and before men, when I receive help and kindness.
FURTHER READING: Psalm 69:30; 100:4-5; 2 Corinthians 9:15; Ephesians 5:20
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ESOCS Devotional 8 September 2023