Is gratitude important in healing?

The love of God for His children—each one of us—is infinite. It is so pure that even ungratefulness on our part will not necessarily prevent us from being healed when we turn to God in need. We should, however, understand that a state of unthankfulness or critical ingratitude for God, or for another person or persons, may—if persisted in—prolong suffering and in some instances bring about sinful or diseased conditions.

The gospel account of the healing of the ten lepers indicates that Christ Jesus considered genuine heartfelt gratitude to be a vital factor in the firm establishment of a Christianly scientific healing. To the Samaritan who, coming back to him after being healed, "fell down ... at his feet, giving him thanks," Jesus said: "Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger." Then Jesus said to the healed man, "Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole." Luke 17:12-19.

Increasing our faith
May 16, 1983

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