The sin of ingratitude
Text: Luke 17:11-19
 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off.
 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
 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.
 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?
 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
Jesus’ healing of the ten lepers gives an example of how highly God values thankfulness. Jesus healed all ten men, but only one returned to thank Him (verse 15). The Bible specifically records that the thankful leper was not even a Jew. He was a Samaritan, a fact that drove home the idea that Jews were not the only people who could reach God’s heart. The Lord notices those who thank Him, regardless of socio-political status or level of spirituality. His questions “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?” (verse 17) show His disappointment at the ingratitude of the majority.
Many of us can be described as ingrates. We are not grateful to God, as we should be. Many are so busy enjoying God’s blessings and are yet not grateful to Him.
Think about it. Are you like the remaining nine lepers who were ungrateful? Has God done something for you and you haven’t given Him thanks. Don’t deprive yourself of the total package. When you give thanks to God, you’ll get the total package, just like the leper that came back to Jesus after he was healed. He received wholeness.
Practice praise, think thanks, not only to God, but also to everyone who has assisted us in one thing or the other. No matter how small people, like it when they are appreciated and they’ll, in turn, do more for you. Learn to count your blessings, rather than focus on what you don’t have, for when you do, your life will move forward.
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• Prophet (Dr.) Anene Nwachukwu (Oracle of God), Rhema Deliverance Mission Int’l. Inc. Rhema International Prophetic Centre Lasu-Igando Road, Church Pole Bus Stop, Beside Iba Police Station, Iba, Lagos
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