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Receiving help and giving thanks | Week of March 9

Luke 17:17-18, So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”

From the sermon series: Living the gospel

In this passage from Luke 17, Jesus had just healed ten men of leprosy. When the men realized they were healed, only one of them, a Samaritan, returned to Jesus to offer Him thanks.

As a leper during the time of Jesus, you were cast out of society and seen as unclean. This means that these ten men, before they were healed, didn’t have a place in society, as they weren’t allowed to interact with others. So when Jesus healed them, their lives were transformed. They would be able to join the rest of society in its normal activities. And yet, only one of the men returned to thank Jesus. Sometimes when we have a physical need that has been fulfilled – whether it is a parent feeding us dinner or recovering from an illness – we can forget to say thank you because we are so focused on ourselves. In all things, we want to always remember to praise and thank God because it is only through Him that all things are possible.

Journal Prompt: How do you respond in thanks to God when He helps you?

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