Luke 17:14-16 – The Blessing Of Giving Thanks

Daily Devotional Bible Verses

When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 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. (Luke 17:14-16 ESV)

To paint a clearer picture for this verse, we must understand that Jesus, in his travels, came across ten men that had leprosy. Luke 17:12-13 tells us that although the afflicted “stood afar off” (as any with this disease would have during this time), it did not stop them all from shouting out to Him to “have mercy on us”, with regard to their ailment. Of course, because Jesus was involved, this would have been indeed a “divine appointment” that Christ was to keep, but this fact was surely unknown to these men.

These verses also allow us a chance to see the true heart of these ten that have been blessed by God. Now it is clear through these verses that ten men asked for “God’s mercy” to bring about a healing (V-13), and that ten men were indeed healed (V-14), and it is equally clear that only one realized the magnitude of what had been done…..and who it was that had the power to bring it to pass.

How many times have we solicited the Lord for a blessing, for a healing, for His mercy when in the midst of something that we thought could not be overcome; and by His grace and His mercy, He saw us through. Even in challenges which were a direct result of our own disobedience. And, in those times of His blessings, did it change our hearts, attitudes, motives and direction toward “True Repentance”, or did we give an obligatory” thank you Lord” with our mouths, but our actions proved that we were not truly thankful.

Just as Jesus knew of the many He healed, and knew that only one returned to to thank and praise Him (V:17-19), He knows also the content of our thanks, and whether we are truly thankful, or if it simply something we say with our mouths, with our hearts being far from Him.

Beloved, for we who say we know Him and love Him……He expects better than mere lip service……He expects from His children Heart Service!

I will Bless Thee Oh Lord, I will Bless Thee Oh Lord, With a Heart of Thanksgiving,
I Will Bless Thee Oh Lord!
Think About It!!!!

Guest devotion by Pastor Ralph. Pastor Ralph works with the New Beginnings In Christ Ministry. They see to the spiritual needs of Seniors, (The forgotten people) as well as to the lost with our Prayer Station concept. Our purpose is to grow people in their faith, and to direct the lost toward Christ. Learn how you can become a guest writer.

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