by Chris Walls

The Attitude of Gratitude
Chris Walls
Luke 17:11-19


It is amazing to me that it took a presidential proclamation to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. We live in country that we have so much to be thankful for, yet we have an unthankful country in so many ways. But be encouraged that is one of the signs of Christ return. Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:1-2, "But realize this, that in the last day difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy."

People will become more ungrateful, in the days before Jesus comes.

The sad thing is that we as Christians are some of the worst at being ungrateful. John Versteeg said it best when he said, "A Christian is one who majors in appreciation." The attitude of gratitude is something that is written of often in Scripture. One of the great stories in Scripture of the grateful and ungrateful alike is found in Luke 17:11-19

Leprosy is one of the ugliest diseases in the world. In the times of Jesus they were quarantined in Colonies, some distance away from towns and cities because it was so contagious. That's why in Luke's account the group of ten stood some distance away as Jesus and the others entered the village. The leprosy of the time is different from what we call Hansen's Disease today. Hansen's Disease leaves the person who has it debilitated. People with Leprosy were required to stay away from other people. When someone came near them they were required to shout, "Unclean!" Unclean!" so people would not come near them.

After a Leper was cured, the person was required by Levitical Law to show themselves to the Priest and then go through a purification ceremony. This was done so the person could rejoin normal society.

It was almost unthinkable that a person could be cured from a disease such as leprosy, which isolated a person from family and friends and cut him or her off from n ...

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