And as they were going

Ten Lepers Cleansed (Luke 17:11-21)

“A sense of our spiritual leprosy should make us very humble whenever we draw near to Christ. It is enough to refer ourselves to the compassions of Christ, for they fail not. We may look for God to meet us with mercy, when we are found in the way of obedience. Only one of those who were healed returned to give thanks. It becomes us, like him, to be very humble in thanksgivings, as well as in prayers. Christ noticed the one who thus distinguished himself, he was a Samaritan. The others only got the outward cure, he alone got the spiritual blessing.” – Matthew Henry’s Commentary

“… success and meaning are being defined in the wrong places by the wrong things. Life’s real blessings are not valued and appreciated, while things that cannot really bless are assigned value and worth they do not really possess. Often our families and friends and, more important, the God of life, are underappreciated, taken advantage of or ignored–not necessarily to their detriment, but always to ours.” – IVP New Testament Commentaries

“But this thankfulness is sometimes time-consuming. Sometimes it requires going out of our way, delaying some of our urgent appointments. A life of thanksgiving is a life of prayer. Prayer first. Before going to the priests to be declared healed. Prayer first. Before the things we have to do. Prayer first. Before we get immersed in our everyday activities. Prayer first. Thanksgiving first.” – The Thankful Leper

“If you search the world around, among all choice spices you shall scarcely meet with the frankincense of gratitude. It ought to be as common as the dewdrops that hang upon the hedges in the morning but, alas, the world is dry of thankfulness to God! … We receive a continent of mercies and only return an island of praise. … The thankful eye sees far and deep. …” – (“Where Are the Nine?”—Or, Praise Neglected Sermon #1935. Spurgeon.)

 

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