Read Luke 17:11-19 again.
Verse 11 It is “passed through the midst of Samaria.”
Verse 12 “Lepers stood afar off:” by law they could not get near anyone.
Verse 13 That is why they lift up their voices.
Verse 14 “Go shew yourselves unto the priests.” The law required the Priest to check for healing, and to reinstate them in the community. It took an act of faith to go…all had faith, but, not all were thankful.
Verses 15-16. I believe this one was not only healed, but saved.
Verse 16 “and he was a Samaritan.”The most unlikely are often found to be most grateful.
Now, there are several groups of people to whom we ought to express our gratitude and thankfulness on a regular basis:
I. TO OUR FRIENDS AND FELLOW MAN.
One of the greatest sins is not to give thanks to a friend who has done a kind deed for us. Don’t lose your friendship to someone because of one injustice, when he has done a thousand kindnesses for you. Don’t turn on the one that won you to Christ, because he may disappoint you one time. Don’t leave your church because your pastor has done a thousand things to help you and one to hurt you. The same is true for your friend.
Dr. Jack Hyles said:
“Happy is the man who has a friend, happier is the man who is a fiend, happiest is the man who has a friend and is a friend.”
“Do not try to gain a friend, just be a friend.”
“A request from a friend is a royal command.”
“To please a friend is a welcome bonus; to help him is a great reward.”
“It is easy to be grateful for a bonus; it is character to be grateful for a salary.”
A good way to start building the friend relationship is to: “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.”Romans 12:15.
Friendship is a very serious and sacred thing; it should be treated as such. We ought to express gratitude to our friends and fellow man.