The Importance of Gratitude
Luke 17:11-19 says, “It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!'"
Taking a good look at them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests."
They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized he was healed turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude and glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan.
Jesus said, "Were not ten healed? Where are the other nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?’ Then he said to him, "Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.”
One of the most important things you can do to stay connected to God, to bring Him glory, and to please Him is to have a grateful heart. There are few things more important to God than gratitude. I’ve been thinking about this—one of the greatest ways to give God the highest glory is to have a grateful heart.
Let’s look at one observation from Luke 17 about gratitude. Notice in verses 14b–16 it says, “And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him.”
Here’s the observation: Gratitude is never invisible or silent. Whether it is in our relationship with God or in our relationship with others—gratitude always shows up and speaks up. If we are truly grateful for what God has done in our lives, we will find a way to express it and we will find a way to demonstrate it.
I want to encourage you to never again give yourself the excuse to participate in silent gratitude because silent gratitude is really just a lost opportunity to give God praise! If you are grateful, you will show it and you will say it.
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