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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2003 18:04:15 -0300
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Straight to the Cross


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Emmett ends our weekly theme of "Give Glory to
God" in a marvelous way by showing how to do it.
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COLUMN: Understanding the Times

Gratitude
by Emmett Smith

In Luke 17:12ff, Luke the physician recorded the
account of ten lepers who were healed by Jesus.
They attracted His attention from afar, as
required by Old Testament law, and were instructed
to go show themselves to the priests. Then Jesus
healed them as they went. Although all ten were
healed, only one turned back to thank Jesus for
having healed him of this dread disease! And to
top it off, this individual was a Samaritan,
regarded as a stranger or foreigner, inferior to
the full-blooded Jews of the day. But our Lord's
questions and remarks to this Samaritan indicate
that He didn't share that opinion.

In fact, this entire account was an indictment of
the self-righteous and ungrateful attitudes that
prevailed among many of the Jews at that time. In
verse 15 the Samaritan is said to have turned back
and glorified God with a loud voice. And in verse
18 Jesus remarked that none of the other nine had
returned to give glory to God. From the record of
this event we may infer that gratitude in and of
itself glorifies God. And ingratitude certainly
displeases Him.

And while we are not lepers (at least the
probability is almost nil), we certainly have much
to be thankful for. As Paul told the Athenians on
Mar's Hill, "in him we live, and move, and have
our being" (Acts 17:28). Everything that we are
and have, every thing, is provided by Him. And as
if that isn't enough, in Christ we have pardon
from the ultimate consequences of our sins, a far
greater healing than from leprosy! And yet we so
often take these blessings for granted.

May we count our blessings each and every day. Of
course, none of us can really count that high!

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in
everything by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests be made known to
God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all
understanding, will guard your hearts and your
minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6,7).

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