"Attitude of Gratitude," Luke 17: 11-19, Pastor Richard Strode
Our attitude can open or close the door to the Lord's transforming work in our lives. This is the life lesson taught in the story of the ten lepers who were healed of leprosy. Only one leper expressed an attitude of gratitude, praise and thanksgiving, to Jesus who healed him. Because of his faith, he received the gift of salvation. Thanksgiving for gifts is appreciated but we must remember to thank the One who had the power and option to compassionately answer our prayers because of His grace and mercy. Thankfulness is an attitude from our feelings (heart) and mind (thoughts) which is outwardly expressed in interactions with others. Scripturally we are commanded (1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 and Hebrews 12: 28) to be thankful in all circumstances. We need to develop a "Habitude," a practice of giving thanks to the Lord daily regardless of the circumstances. Find reasons to be thankful. Place your faith in the Lord who never disappoints and faithfully trust the Lord's timing to respond. Altitude is everything; we can choose which attitude to embrace--positive or negative. Are we thankful for what the Lord has already done in our lives.