In every circumstance of life be thankful; for this is God's will in Christ Jesus respecting you (1 Thessalonians 5:18 WNT).
"Thank you!" is one of the most powerful phrases to utter. It conveys a heartfelt appreciation that leaves in the heart of the hearer an indelible impression of your sincere gratitude. Strangely, some find it difficult to show grattitude even when occasion warrants it. It matters that you express gratitude and exude a grateful spirit at all times.
The Lord Jesus had an encounter with ten lepers one day. They cried out to Him for mercy on them and the Master told them to go and show themselves to the priest. That was already a sign to them, for according to the Law, a leper would only go to the priest to confirm he had been cleansed of his leprosy. While on their way, they discovered they had been cleansed. The Bible says, "one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks..." (Luke 17:15-16). he lavishly expressed gratitude.
The Lord Jesus however, observed that out of ten men that were healed, only one returned to say, "Thank you, Lord" He then turned to the one who returned to show gratitude and said, "Your faith has made you whole" (Luke 17:19). His extremities were restored to him! He received something more than healing; he was made whole. The man wasn't expecting this; all he came for was to say "Thank you" and he received a greater miracle than the others.
It pays to be a grateful person! Always be quick to say "Thank you." Train yourself to express gratitude. carry that joyful atmosphere of thankfulness with you everywhere! When you learn to express gratitude to God and to people for what they do for you, angels will always be mobilized on your behalf, and you will experience even more favour, joy and promotion in your life. Cultivate the lifestyle of gratitude, for it attracts blessings and favour to you.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for teaching me the importance of expressing gratitude. I will never neglect to say, "Thank you" for the favours and kindness shown towards me. I thank you for giving me a heart that is thankful, and for helping me express profuse and unfeigned gratitude to everyone whom you use to bless me and do things for me, in Jesus' name. Amen.
Rhapsody of Realities October 21, 2008
-Pastor Anita Oyakhilome