With all my heart.

Do we thank the Lord with our whole hearts?

When I think of someone thanking the Lord with their whole heart, I immediately think of the story of the ten lepers.

Jesus was going to Jerusalem, traveling along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he headed into a village, ten men suffering from leprosy met him, kept their distance, but shouted, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

He told the lepers to show their conditions to the priests. The lepers obeyed, and in doing so, were healed.

One man could not contain his gratitude and praise for the miracle that Jesus had worked in his life. The cleansed man came back to Jesus, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him.

Jesus asked: “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? They are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.” He told the man: “Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.”

What prompted the man to turn around and come back to thank Jesus, when nine other men could not be bothered?

That one man recognized that this healing miracle was divine. He knew that if it were not for Jesus, he would still be sick- carrying that disease for the rest of his life. He knew that Jesus had saved him when no one else could.

We are not unlike the lepers, except that our affliction is sin. Jesus took upon himself the sins of the world. We are made clean by the blood of the lamb. He saved us and cleansed us when no one else could.

May we turn around like the cleansed man and run in gratitude to Jesus for his atoning sacrifice for us. May we kneel at his feet, thanking Him with our whole hearts for releasing us from the bondage of sin. May we thank Him for providing us with a way back to the Father.

We thank you, Lord. Today and every day.

Return to Christ

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