The Gift of Gratitude
We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
We can become so focused on our own struggles and pain that we forget to show gratitude to God or to the people who are instrumental in our healing. We may come to expect special treatment and forget that those who are showing care for our lives really deserve our thanks.
Jesus healed ten lepers and told them to go to the priests and show them that they were healed. "And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, ‘Praise God!' He fell to the ground at Jesus' feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, ‘Didn't I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?' " (Luke 17:14-18). The apostle Paul said, "Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Jesus was both God and man. As God he deserved the glory and the gratitude for the miracle of curing this incurable disease. Perhaps, in his humanity, his feelings were hurt by being so taken for granted. He didn't have to heal them. He extended himself out of love and compassion. Are there people in our lives who have reached out in loving compassion to help us, only to be taken for granted? Have we become so self-centered because of our own pain that we've failed to express gratitude to those who have helped us?
We receive the gift of great joy when we are able to receive God's other gifts with gratitude.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.