The Nine Ungrateful Lepers

Written by Katherine J. Kehler

spiritualgrowth_ninelepersOne of them came back to Jesus, shouting, “Glory to God, I’m healed!”  He fell flat on the ground in front of Jesus, face downward in the dust, thanking Him for what He had done…Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the nine?” (Luke 17:15-17).

Are we thankful for God’s miracles?

I have often thought about how exciting it will be when we get to heaven and our eyes will be opened to all the miracles God did for us – most of which we are unaware of. We will also come to realize how many times we rationalized away many of the miracles…like the nine lepers who were healed.

The cartoon character, Charlie Brown, gave several suggestions as to why the nine lepers never returned to Jesus to give thanks. Keep in mind that these are only suggestions, but they reveal a whole lot about human nature:

  • One man waited to see if the cure was real.
  • One waited to see if it would last.
  • One said he would see Jesus later.
  • One decided that he had never really had leprosy.
  • One said he would have gotten well anyway.
  • One gave the glory to the priests.
  • One said, “Oh, well, Jesus didn’t really do anything.”
  • One said, “Any rabbi could have done it.”
  • One said, “I was already much improved.”

Think about it…are you thanking God for all He has done and is doing for you? Or are we, like the lepers, rationalizing away God’s miracles?

Father, would You please give us an attitude of gratitude – every day? Thank You! Amen.

11 Responses to “The Nine Ungrateful Lepers”

  • Sharon says:

    thank you for the article good article something to be grateful for everyday is the gift of life and to wake up to love God and others too

  • Nilsa says:

    I had just finished reading about the young ruler and Jesus’ story. Though saddened by his response/action, Jesus loved him. I read this post and thought about Jesus and how sad he must have felt in this situation, too. For God’s glory and to show compassion he healed all ten… and yet, only one came back to thank him. One of many instances in which He reaches for us on a daily basis. I believe we’re just as ungrateful when we take for granted people or things we’re blessed with (health, life, a place to sleep, food to eat)…That’s all I wanted to share. Thanks for the post!

  • Chris says:

    bettye….as you grow in jesus, your boldness for jesus will grow also. acts 4. meantime enjoy jesus, have other godly women pray over your life, be in a strong christian church, do some fasting when you can, seek jesus each morning in the bible and prayer and seek the power of the holy spirit to be a greater witness for jesus. acts 1.8. remember that without jesus your friends and family will miss heaven so we need to find a way to live for jesus and let them ask us about the hope of our faith…1 peter 3.15. blessings to you!

  • Cole says:

    This was today’s Sunday school lesson!

  • bettye says:


  • kayleb says:

    why do only one leopard come in with ideas of all 10 should have where did the other 9 goats why didn’t they come and glorify him they should have this unbelievable I read this in the Bible say and a couple days ago as well I heard it in church also this is unbelievable Julie they just should have went with Jesus if I was there I would have gone and glorify Jesus

  • kayleb says:

    I also think that the other nine lepers should have come and glorify Jesus as well as the one it’s just too bad they didn’t that would have been very good if they did

  • kayleb says:

    this is amazing I really believe it crazy this is amazing so awesome I want to hear some more please post more I’ll read it if you do thank you I’m serious

  • kayleb says:

    this is amazing I really believe it crazy this is amazing so awesome I want to hear some more please post more I’ll read it if you do thank you

  • Dianne Garrison says:

    What a wonderful analogy of our human condition!
    Thanks be to God . He has provided a route of escape from these ailments of the spirit through Christ Jesus!


  • We need a grateful heart to appreciate the love and sacrifice of Jesus. the enemies that block being grateful are fear, doubt and pride.

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