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There are benefits of gratitude. The dictionary defines gratitude as the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

The last time your classmate showed you art of kindness, did you return it?

Why do we need to show gratitude?

Gratitude brings healing.

As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” They went, and while still on their way, became clean.  Luke 17:12-15 [MSG]

Now see what happened a few verses down the line.   

One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough — and he was a Samaritan. – Luke 17:15-16

Are you following? Did you see what I saw?

Now, let’s listen to the conclusion of the whole matter from Jesus mouth.

Jesus said, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine?  Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?” Then he said to him, “Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.” – Luke 17:17-19

Notice the difference. Nine lepers were cleansed but only one got healed.

Will you still be filled with complaints or will you be full of gratitude?

The ball is in your court.

Father, help me to show gratitude at all times. Amen

Action Point:
Keep showing gratitude.

I will not murmur. I will give thanks to God at all times

Read yesterday’s article here