In today’s sermon, “Happy Thanksgiving”, Jesus heals ten lepers, yet only one returns to say thank you. We will learn through this that there are enemies of gratitude which often hinder us from expressing our thankfulness. As we approach this Thanksgiving season, let us be reminded that our response should always be one of thankfulness.

While He was on the way to Jerusalem, He was passing between Samaria and Galilee. As He entered a village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him; and they raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they were going, they were cleansed. Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan.
Luke 17:11-16 NASB

3 Lessons to Learn

1. (A request in faith)
(Jesus is the right place to pour your heart)
2. (A response of trust)
(God’s answers require action)
3. (A return with gratitude)
(In all things, give thanks)

4 Enemies of Gratitude

1) (Comparison)

On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.
1 Samuel 17:11 NIV

2) (Envy)

For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.
James 3:16 NLT

3) (Worry)

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”
Matthew 6:25 NKJV

4) (Doubt)

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” He said, “Why did you doubt?”
Matthew14:30-31 NIV