One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him–and he was a Samaritan. Luke 17:15-16 (NIV)
Is that what you will do? What’s that? Will you come back to me? Will you return to give me thanks and praise for all that I have done, am doing and will do in your life? You are not giving me a quick answer to my questions. There is some hesitation in you. Why is that? I need to ask for your forgiveness. For what do you need to ask for my forgiveness? I have not returned to give you thanks and praise for all your goodness to me. You have lavished me with your love. You have richly blessed my life. You have withheld no good thing from me. You have given me what I have not deserved. Like what? Where do I begin? Begin anywhere. You have forgiven my sins and cleansed my unrighteousness. You saved my soul. You healed my bruised and battered and broken life. You restored me into a relationship with you. You adopted me into your family. You have made me to be your own child. You have set me apart to love, follow and serve you. You are molding and shaping my life. You are giving me new thoughts to think, words to speak and deeds to do. Day by day you are making me to be more like you. One day I will come to live forever in heaven with you. Yes, you will. That’s a lot to be thankful for. Yes, it is.
But, you want to make some changes? You want to live your life differently? Yes, I do. I want to acknowledge you every day in every way. I want to stop to consider all the good things you have done, are doing and will do in my life. I don’t want to live an ungrateful, unthankful and thoughtless life. I don’t want to miss an opportunity to give thanks and praise to you. That will be very good.
I have heard you say that you want your life to be filled with joy. That’s true. You said that as one of my followers there should be more joy coming out of your life. You stated that others ought to see joy overflowing your life and be drawn to me. Did I hear you correctly? Yes, you did. I agree with you. I want to see joy overflowing your life. Why is not more joy overflowing your life? What will cause you to live a more joyful life? I see where this is headed. That’s good. As I stop to give you thanks and praise for your goodness, My life will begin to overflow with joy. That’s right. One more thing. What’s that? You are forgiven. Thank you, Lord.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your goodness to me. You have done, are doing and will continue to do good things for me, of that I have no doubt. I am grateful. I am thankful. I will give you all my thanks and praise for the good things you have done for me. Amen
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