Luke 17:11-19

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.( Ps 100:4)

The Almighty God expects that man, whom He created in His image and likeness, will appreciate His benevolent deeds to them. But man has been ungrateful (Romans 1:21, 2 Timothy 3:2) From today’s reading, we can see how expectant our Heavenly Father is for us to express appreciation when ever He does us good. Our Lord Jesus Christ revealed the expectation of the Father when only one leper returned to say “Glory to God in the highest”

“And Jesus answering said, Were not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.” (Luke 17:17-18) When we fail to appreciate God for who He is and for what He continuously does for us, we rob Him of His rightful glory and honour.

There is another dimension to being grateful to God, which has to do with our appreciation of what He did for us when He gave His only begotten Son as atonement for our sins. The only way to show our gratitude for this gift is to accept His offer of salvation, which is free for us but which cost the life of the immaculate Son of God. We must embrace this offer with every sense of gratitude because there are consequences for rejecting it. Hebrews 2:3 says: “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.” The most profound gratitude we can show to God is to accept the Lordship of Jesus Christ. (O. H)

PRAYER LINE: Father, I thank You for the salvation of my soul through Christ, my Lord. Help me to live by His teachings to the glory of Your Holy Name.

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Inspite of everything, be thankful.

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