Still, that one leper came back to thank and praise Jesus. This good example encourages us to praise God today too. Jesus Christ has saved us from our sin and eternal death! Alleluia! Because of Christ’s death and the resurrection we do not have to be condemned to hell! Praise be to God!
With salvation so wonderful, we should naturally jump to our feet and praise God all day long for the many blessings that He provides for us every single day! Because God has healed us from the ugly burden of sin, we run back to our Father with praise flowing from our lips! For without God and the salvation He gives us, we would not have anything to be thankful for! The sole reason for why we praise God is because of what He has done for us.
What has God done for us? He has “saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5). Through our Baptism, God cleanses us from our disease of sin each and every day! Even if we forget to show our praise to Him, God always wants to forgive us from our sin. Our natural response? “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Closing Prayer: Dear God, thank You for healing our disease of sin and saving us from death through the Holy Spirit at our baptism. Now, we can be cleansed every day through Your mighty power. We are sorry for all the times we may forget to thank You. Please forgive us for those times. Help us to always have an attitude of gratitude because of what You have done for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
by Becky Chaplin, student at Lutheran High School North, Macomb, MI