Where are the nine?
Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?””
Luke 17:17-18 NIV
There were ten lepers who where outcasts and in ‘solitary confinement’ when Jesus came into town. They all received their healing from leprosy but only one of them came back to Jesus to show his gratefulness, his appreciation. Ninety percent of them did not bother. This is indicative of what is happening most of the times in our life. Only few of those you help would actually show or verbalize their appreciation to you, if any. The rest won’t be humble enough to do it. Have you noticed how often brethren leave church soon after they have been prayed for or helped and received their breakthrough? Have you noticed that those who complain the most about church and pastors are those who have been helped the most?
Look at these additional verses about thanksgiving;
1 Thess 5:18 says ‘…in everything give thanks. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’
Hebrews 12:28 says ‘So since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe.’
In EVERYTHING give thanks! Anyone can have gratitude and be thankful when conditions are favorable, however very few of us would still have gratitude when in trouble and life is throwing us curve balls. So, gratitude towards God is not conditional, it is a way of life. Gratitude towards others creates friendship.
1 Peter 1:7 says ‘That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.’
We ought to have an attitude of gratitude in trials and in breakthroughs, in success and setbacks. All things work together for good.
Here are Benefits of gratitude I have found;
– it creates happier life
– it gets us more friends
– it makes us healthier
– it makes us more optimistic
– it makes us less self-centred
– it reduces stress and improves sleep
– it helps us have good memories and disregard bad ones
Clearly it is beneficial to have an attitude of gratitude. So, join me in doing these three things everyday;
1. First, each night just before you go to sleep, journal all the things you are grateful of that happened during the day.
2. Secondly, verbally appreciate those who do good to you.
3. Don’t be one of the nine we read about in Luke 17:15. Appreciate and praise those around you more often than you do right now. Don’t forget to praise yourself also, to and by yourself only.
There is power in gratitude, thankfulness, gratefulness and appreciation. Most of us want to be appreciated and our good works acknowledged. Most of us want to know, at least once in a while, that our efforts really matter. For a person to continue to do what you want him to do, you ought to verbalize your appreciation for his efforts. What we appreciate appreciates. What we celebrate and acknowledge persists.
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