DVA Perfect TenJesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner? —Luke 17:17-18Unconditional love—which relationships in your life can you say are truly based on that principle? How would your relations—with friends or with enemies—be transformed by Christ’s love?
How does the love of Christ change our response to negative or disappointing situations?
The moral of the passage above is that we should thank God for His blessings. Unfortunately, often our response is to click our tongues at the nine who didn’t bother to say thank You.
These verses are relived every day in the modern world. So much good happens to so many people—without regard to their religious background. Have you noticed that God doesn’t care whom He blesses? Pagans and unbelievers get their crops watered by the same God who nourishes farmland worked by Christians. Profane, reckless, and rude drivers on the interstate arrive as safely at their destinations as those who practice patience and brotherly love. The seriously ill patient who never uttered a prayer enjoys a miraculous recovery; the Christian in the next bed dies even as a host of believers pray diligently. It’s enough to make our tongues click until they’re all clicked out!
Why does God love and bless those who don’t love Him? Someday we’ll understand the depths of His love, but for now this paradox baffles us. For now, God expects us to love as He loves. Listen to our Lord Jesus as He says, “But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Mt 5:44-45).
God bestows His love on all regardless of race, creed, ethnic origin, height, weight, eye color, church attendance, income, language or breed of dog they own. We don’t know how many people recognize His grace, and thank Him for His goodness. Perhaps it’s only 10 percent. Hopefully, it’s higher. Our only task is to remain among the 10 percent and use our tongues to pray rather than click. Pray that more and more people recognize God’s grace and come to Him for His final blessing when the Lord Jesus comes again.