Having leprosy meant alienation, rejection and abandonment, all negative and hurtful feelings. Jesus saw these ten men and saw their plight, yet He also saw their faith and told them to go and show themselves to the priest. Their act of obedience led to their complete healing.
The story doesn’t end there, because one man came back to Jesus to say thank you and praise God. This man realised that Jesus was the Son of God and knew the power and acceptance in His healing. Not only did he have leprosy but he was a Samaritan too, a hated race by the Jews. If you have time you can read the whole passage here.
What love and care Jesus radiated, and how His heart must of rejoiced at this man’s thankfulness. God loves it when we show that same thankful heart and give God the glory for all the things He does in our lives. Freely we can come before Him and say thank you for the grace and mercy He gives to us.
Prayer– Lord, thank you for all that you have done for me. May I see things as you see things today and create in me a thankful and praising heart. Amen
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