Have you ever gone out of your way for someone who showed no appreciation? They never bothered to even say “thank you.” That’s what you call an ingrate; a thankless, ungrateful self-centered person. Parents, imagine working all day to protect and provide for your child. Yes, it’s your duty. But you’d gladly go an extra mile if that child’s actions show they appreciate your sacrifice. Heart-felt gratitude from an adoring wife would cause a husband to move mountains to please her. And just think how a wife must feel when her family recognizes and praises her constant efforts to make their house a home.
Words of thankfulness and appreciation nourish the soul. They let us know that our kind, loving efforts are valued, do matter and make a difference. Recently, I was thinking about all the financial and personal sacrifices my mother made for me as I was growing up. It was not enough for me to remember. I picked up the phone and called her just to say, “thank you.”
Gratitude also gauges man’s spiritual condition. In fact ingratitude is so offensive to God, it triggers His wrath. Romans 1:18-29 tells that story.
“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people …For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles…”
Believe it or not, God commands us to be grateful. If you have trouble spotting ungratefulness in your life, maybe you’ll recognize its cousins: A critical spirit; a heart of discontent and un-thankfulness; a griping, complaining disposition; never satisfied; and/or desiring what others have. God calls that covetousness, a violation of the 10th commandment.
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