Mercy and Grace | Day Five
By: Kate Downing | Thankful for Mercy
A friend of mine is the worst gift receiver I’ve ever met. I’ve hate buying him birthday or Christmas gifts because he does not receive them well. He barely says thank you, and if he does, he says it in a disappointed tone of voice as though I should have known that this gift would be unsatisfactory. It’s literally the most defeating thing!
Do you have a friend like this? Why is it defeating to give someone a gift if you know they will not be grateful for it?
I believe God has built us with a desire to be shown gratefulness. It doesn’t mean that we should only do things in order to be thanked, but there is an importance to gratefulness. Today, we are going to look at what it means to be thankful for the mercy God shows us!
As per usual, take a few minutes to get your heart right. Lay down the anger in your heart over your friend not appreciating the gift you gave them (I’ll do the same!). Ask the Lord to speak to you and teach you how to be grateful for the incredible mercy He shows you.
Read Luke 17:11-19.
Summarize in your own words what you just read. (Note, lepers are people who suffer from a debilitating skin disease called leprosy. It is incredibly contagious and because of this, lepers were and still are treated as outcasts.)
Why is it significant that the lepers cried out for mercy from Jesus instead of just asking for healing?
How many lepers did Jesus heal that day?
How many turned around to thank Him?
How immediate was the one man’s response to being healed (vs. 15)?
What was his response to being healed?
- The man turned back, praising God loudly! He didn’t care what anyone thought of him. He had been healed, and he couldn’t help but shout praises to God!
- He fell at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. He took on a position of worship and humility before Jesus.
Girls, this is exactly the response God calls us to. Over the last few days we’ve been talking about some pretty incredible ways God demonstrates His mercy toward us. He sent His Son to atone for our sins; He offers us mercy even when we fall back into sin. The mercy of God is incredible! It is even more healing and life changing than being cured of a flesh-eating disease, but sometimes we are guilty of taking it for granted. Often, we act more like the nine lepers who were healed and completely ignored the one who healed them than the one leper who ran back to thank and praise the one who had given him life.
Think back to this last week. How many times have you expressed your gratefulness to the Lord for what He has done for you, the mercy He shows you? Have you acted more like the ungrateful nine or the humble and grateful one?
If you recognize you’ve treated God like the nine treated Jesus, then take a minute to confess the sin of ungratefulness to the Lord. And ask Him to help you grow in gratefulness for all He has done for you.
Now, take a few minutes to list out all the ways God has shown you mercy in your life, all the times God has been patient with your ungratefulness.
Once you are done listing, spend some time doing what the one leper did, 1) praising God and 2) humbly worshiping God by thanking Him for showing you mercy in each of the instances you listed.