Author: Evangelist Daniel Sushanth
In the contemporary world, it often seems like we are more focused on receiving than giving. However, it is crucial to express our gratitude whenever we receive any favors or help from others.
Fifteen years ago, I experienced a challenging time finding a job, but my church friends came to my aid and provided me with invaluable assistance, for which I will always be eternally grateful. Their unwavering support during that period was immeasurable, and I made sure to express my gratitude to them. We were part of a group called “YA Young Adults,” and they stood by my side, offering prayers and encouragement throughout my struggles. Their love and concern will always hold a special place in my heart, and I will cherish it for the rest of my life.
On the flip side, I remember a time when someone I knew approached me for financial assistance during a critical time. Although I didn’t have the funds at that moment, I allowed him to use my credit card with the understanding that he would repay me later. However, he withdrew a considerable amount of money without my authorization and failed to acknowledge or thank me for my assistance.
After receiving the money, he was careless in returning the card, and I had to go through the trouble of retrieving it from a stranger. He became unresponsive and hostile, leaving me with no choice but to take matters into my own hands. As a result, I had to pay a significant amount of interest to the bank. Despite the financial loss and bitter experience, I still believe in helping others and making a positive impact on their lives.
This experience serves as a reminder that some people may be selfish and unappreciative even after receiving help. However, I firmly believe in the importance of helping others and making a positive impact in their lives, just as Jesus taught us. Instead, we should leave the judgment to God and remember that there are still people who genuinely need our help.
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Jesus himself faced similar situations, and we must expect that some people may not show gratitude for our kindness, Nevertheless, we should not let such instances discourage us from continuing to do good for others.
It is human nature to seek help from others, whether it be for advice, counseling, or financial support, but we often forget to express gratitude to those who helped us. We should be grateful even during our worst times and remember those who came to our aid. Unfortunately, being ungrateful is becoming more common in society, and sometimes, our ego can prevent us from acknowledging the help we received.
The story of the ten lepers in the Gospel of Luke- Chapter 17 -verses 11-19
The story of the ten lepers is a captivating account of the significance of gratitude and acknowledging the good deeds of others. The tale features ten lepers, who implored Jesus for mercy, and he instructed them to present themselves to the priests, and they were healed while en route.
However, out of the ten lepers, only one, a Samaritan, returned to express his appreciation and give praise to God for his healing. When Jesus inquired about the whereabouts of the other nine, he commended the Samaritan’s faith for his gratitude. This story teaches the importance of being thankful and acknowledging the blessings and help we receive from God.
In my personal experience, I have learned from Jesus’ teachings to embody humility, compassion, and a grateful heart. When we receive assistance from others, it’s important to express our gratitude towards them and acknowledge that God made it possible for us to receive their help. As members of the body of Christ, we should always strive to show appreciation and gratitude towards others.
This act of gratitude not only has a positive impact on building strong relationships but also serves as a witness for Christ. It’s crucial to remember that our prayers were answered by God, who opened the door for us to receive the help we needed.
“ In the future, let’s not forget to express our appreciation and continue to be a witness of Christ’s love.”
A restaurant worker provided excellent service to a customer, but the customer did not leave a tip or express any gratitude for their service.
An organization donated a large sum of money to a charity, but the charity did not show any gratitude or provide any acknowledgment of the donation.
##Living by Faith##
- Bible Verses – The story of the ten lepers – Gospel of Luke, chapter 17, verses 11-19
- 11 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
- 12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off.
- 13 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
- 14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.
- 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God,
- 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.
- 17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?
- 18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”
- 19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.””