Fresh Hope – Day 154

If you are in any doubt as to the importance of being a thankful person, listen to the words of the Bible, when it says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18…’give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’

The will of God for many of us is a great mystery, but in its simplest form, the will of God for your life is to be a thankful person.

Giving thanks for the good things that are happening to you right now should be relatively easy and the most natural thing in the world. However, being thankful for your blessings is not the end, as thankfulness is required in ALL circumstances, both good and bad.

Thankfulness is the language of big people; ingratitude is the language of small people.

You can tell where a person is going in life by this one simple question: how thankful are they? Or more to the point, how thankful am I?

Jesus highlighted how he viewed ingratitude, by giving His attention to the attitude of ten men found here…

Luke 17:11- 19 ‘Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” 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—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”’

You could say, “well, all of them got what they wanted didn’t they?” Maybe, but one man got more than the others. Nine got cleansed whilst the one that gave thanks walked away, not just healed but whole – there is a difference.

Be the bigger person today – be thankful…no matter what.

Pastor Mark

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