While Jesus passed through Samaria one day, he came upon these lepers. How important to make sure we go God’s way! Is there somewhere He wants you to pass through? Is there someone with whom you need to share the gospel or to encourage along the way?
Perhaps you have learned some significant lessons from this story. Here are 16 that the Lord showed me.
Where are the Nine? Luke 17:11-19
16 Things I learned from the cleansing of the ten lepers
1. God’s mercy is for all. It matters not your status – rich or poor, sick or well, men, women, children, people of all races. It is for all of us! These were ten lepers living in rejection because of their disease yet God had mercy on them.
2. Jesus is there when we cry out to Him for his mercy. Just as the leper had to cry out unclean, unclean, we too cry out O wretched sinner that I am, have mercy on me. His mercy lifted me out of the ugliness of sin.
3. Jesus delights in bestowing His mercy upon us. Jesus had compassion. He always has compassion. May the Lord give me a passion for souls as He has. I too, would more than likely be blessed by showing mercy to others.
4. There is no delay in His mercy. As quickly as we cry out to Him, he answers. In this case, his answer required obedience in order for them to receive the blessing. Obedience to the Lord always brings blessing.
5. Jesus is not a respector of persons. He did not heal just the one He knew would be thankful, but he healed all of them. Jesus will save anyone who will come to Him. It matter not who you are. From the most wicked to the most self righteous, from the poorest to the richest, no matter where you come from or what family you belong to – Jesus says come and He will accept you.
6. If Jesus had chosen not to heal, that does not mean He is not merciful. His mercy may come in ways that are not our ways. It is of His mercy that we are not consumed. You can read multiple testimonies of those who have not been healed, yet they know God had/has a special purpose for their life.
7. I am often no better than the nine. There have probably been many times that God has showed His mercy to me and I failed to recognize it and give Him the glory.
8. It often takes a step of obedience before we see God’s mercy. The lepers first had to take a step toward showing themselves to the priest before they were healed. However, obeying God’s commands does not necessarily mean you are saved. Many people try to obey His commands, but being a good person does not bring salvation.
9. Glorifying God ought to be public and without shame. That thankful leper glorified God WITH A LOUD VOICE!
10. Though this one leper was by himself, he was not ashamed or afraid to publicly with a loud voice praise and glorify God! Oh how this puts me to shame! When by myself, do I proclaim to others who Jesus is and give glory to His name?
11. God’s mercy is for the least of the least and for the chiefest of sinners. The heart is deceitful and desperately wicked! We need the mercy of God to save our souls! There is no one ever good enough to get to heaven on their own merit. From the least sinner (and we are all sinners) to the greatest, we must all trust in Christ alone for His salvation.
12. God’s mercy will and should cause us to humble ourselves before Him. Fall at the feet of Jesus and humble yourself before Him.
13. God’s mercy of forgiveness of our sins through salvation should be a wonder that we never get over! This is the healing of our sin-sick soul! What a glorious healing that is! Has your soul been healed? Don’t ever get over the wondrous glorious Salvation that we have in Jesus!
14. It is of God’s mercy that we are strangers here on earth and our home is in heaven! Could you imagine having to live on this earth forever? So glad we don’t have to. That should cause us to shout praises to God!
15. My faith in Christ will cause me to fall at His feet in adoration. He can cleanse me physically but by faith I am cleansed in my soul. I am now whole! Praise be to God!
16. Man’s heart is still wicked today. Men will be in trouble one way or another and will cry out to God for mercy. When God shows mercy and they are rescued they seem to forget and never once even thank Him or give Him the glory. Many people want God’s goodness, but they don’t want to acknowledge the fact that Jesus is God and they are a sinner in need of a Savior. They quickly go their way and forget the goodness of God.
Will I be like the nine and go on my merry way because now things looks so good for me or will I be as the stranger who returned to Jesus after mercy was shown and fell at his feet with thanksgiving and gratitude for what He had done?
Thank you Lord for your mercy in saving my sin-sick soul and making me a stranger on this earth. His ultimate mercy will be shown when He takes me home to glory with Him where I can fall at His feet and praise His name forever more!
Have you received God’s mercy? Has He saved your sin-sick soul? Cry out to Him for Mercy today. He will hear and save and make you whole.
There is only one who can make you whole! There is only one who can heal all our diseases, There is only one who can cleanse from every sin and stain.
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