Wednesday Word 4.01.2020

Luke 17:11-27 New International Version

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Jesus healed ten men. Only one man of the ten had the presence of mind to return and give thanks to the one who gave him back his life. All ten were saved, but only one stopped long enough to realize the debt he owed. Only one showed his gratitude for the incredible gift he had received.

In 1 John 2:2 we are told, “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”  The whole world. The world that often allows fear to take over and drive its actions. The world that often tuns a blind eye to the suffering of others.  The world that often forgets to whom it owes its life. Don’t be part of the nine who received incredible blessing and went on their merry way. Be the one who never forgets to whom we owe our lives. Be the one who shows their gratitude by praising the God who has redeemed us. Show your gratitude by reflecting that amazing grace. We need to show that loving mercy to each other now more than ever…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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