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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Were There Not Ten Cleansed?

The usual lesson gleaned from Luke 17:12-19 is that we should show gratitude to Heavenly Father for our blessings. If you are fuzzy on the story, I've extracted the relevant verses below. 
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.
I certainly cannot dispute that we should show gratitude to Heavenly Father. That is a given. I'm simply suggesting we look at the perspective of the one who rendered such a remarkable service.


By healing them of leprosy, no one can dispute the importance of the service Christ rendered them. No one can suggest that perhaps they didn't need healing or it wasn't that big of a deal. It was. Still, only one showed any appreciation.


I think there is a dual lesson in this story. First, we must express gratitude to those who serve us. Second, as a service-giver, don't expect gratitude. It is unlikely to come.


We simply cannot let ingratitude hinder us from rendering service in the future, now or ever.

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