And he said to him, Arise, go your way: your faith has made you whole.
Luke 17:19 (AKJV)
There were ten lepers on the side of the road quite a distance from Jesus. They had heard he was coming so in desperation they cried out for the Lord to have mercy on them. Jesus did and told them to go and show themselves to the priest. This was what was expected according to Levitical law when someone was healed of leprosy. The Priest would declare them clean. It would have been easy to dismiss what Jesus said. Where were the potions, long prayers or sack cloth and ashes? There was no oil, anointed handkerchiefs or laying on of hands. Instead Jesus said, “Go show yourselves to the Priests.” It said that on their way they were healed. I’m sure they were excited so they probably ran to the Priests home. However, one of them decided to stop, turn around and come back to Jesus. He came back to thank Him. There was something about giving thanks that touched Jesus. He said, “Where are the other nine? Only this one returned to give thanks.” He admired the man’s faith and attitude of gratitude. He loved his spirit of thanksgiving. Then Jesus gave him something more than healing. He gave him wholeness. He said, “Go your way: your faith has made you whole.” This was a different word than “clean”. The others were healed or made clean of their leprosy; he however was made spiritually and physically whole. Today, give God thanks for all He is doing in your life. Develop a spirit of praise and thanksgiving and let God make you whole.
Dear Father, forgive me for my lack of thanksgiving. Today I want to acknowledge all that You have done for me. Help me have a heart of gratitude toward You. Increase my faith and make me whole.
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