Give Thanks

172Today, you’ve been forgiven.

Now, you have to accept that forgiveness. For it to make a difference in your life, you’ve got to accept it, internalize it, believe it for yourself.

Allow it make a difference in your life and in your soul.

But, you’ve been forgiven. The work is done. The price is paid. The effort is fulfilled.

Will you give thanks today? Listen to the story we see today in Luke 17:15-19:

Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

Jesus heals 10 lepers. He tells them to go and present themselves, for in that day to be fully “cleansed” you had to present yourself to the priests.

So, all 10 do that.

And only 1 returns to give thanks. Only 1 returns to Jesus to thank Him for their healing and their new life. Only one returns to show a thankful heart for what God has done.

Today, you’ve been forgiven. Today, grace is available and ready for you. Today, mercy and hope and new life are there for you.

And if you’ve received it, have you returned to God to say thank you?

He loves you. He heals our brokenness. He gives us love.

And out of thankful hearts we should stop. Pause. And say thank you.

Of the 10 folks healed, only 1 returned. Today, will we be 9? Or will we be the 1?

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