Gratitude, is it important?.

(Lesson presented on Sunday 24th August 2014  Michael Renaghan) 

Luke 17:11-19 11 While He was on the way to Jerusalem, He was passing between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As He entered a village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him; 13 and they raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 When He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they were going, they were cleansed. 15 Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, 16 and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine—where are they? 18 Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has made you well.”

Webster’s Dictionary defines “Ingratitude” as: Forgetfulness of, or poor return for, kindness received. It can also be defined as not appreciating or valuing what you have, or have been given. Unexpressed gratitude is also ingratitude!

  • Leprosy destroyed your health, your family life and social life

  • Would have been praying for some relief.

  • There was a foreigner among them.

  • He alone understood the power of the healing

  • If we acknowledge our gratitude, some feel they may be indebted, and so choose not to.

Reminds you of the good samaritan, the religious who aught to have known better, in this case, similarly devoid of gratitude.

2. Whats it like to deal with ungrateful people?

Genesis 40:23 Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

  • Not to mention the Israelites from Egypt, forgetting the things seen and done for them in taking them out of captivity as rich people….

  • God was prepared to start again with Moses….

  • Jesus demonstrated the love of God in the many healings performed during His ministry.  These occasions worthy of glory and praise and thankfulness.  Yet religious people scowled and complained….  Revealed a bitter heart, a selfish mind and proud standing.

3. How does God perceive ungratefulness?

Luke 6:35 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.

  • Equates evil with ungrateful.

Romans 1:21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

2 Timothy 3:2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,

  •  cant even acknowledge the good they have received, without excuse.

4. What we are to teach and do.

Thankfulness is a pre-requisite to prayer.

Philippians 4:6-7 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  • Include thankfulness in every prayer

  • Acknowledge what has been done for you

  • Show ones reliance on God.

Thankfulness is a pre-requisite to worship.

Hebrews 12:28-29 28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; 29 for our God is a consuming fire.

  • For the price paid for your freedom from a judgement of condemnation

Colossians 3:15-17 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

  •  Bad singing, poor lack luster worship?  Not grateful for what has been done.

 Thankfulness is a pre-requisite to living in the presence of God.

Psalm 103:2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,

And forget none of His benefits;

  • Give thanks for our daily bread….  Jesus and the last supper… the loaves and the fishes…

  • We teach our children from an early age to be thankful.

  • See the good in what God has done

  • See the good in what others have done

  • Love your neighbor, be alert to do good.

  • Learn to express the gratefulness.

1 Thess 5:12-22 But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another. We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.

  • If you are not gratefull for the small things, can God reward you with big things without damaging you?

  • It is not a matter of going through the motions but actually binding us together.

  • We must first recognize the root. Just like many other sins, its root lies in pride.

  • The proud see themselves as self made, relying on no one, taking credit for everything they can.

  • They are blind towards all the good things that God gives them.

  • In their pride they think, even when they are not consciously aware of it, that they have the right to enough, or more than enough, nourishment, clothing and everything else they need for body and soul in this life.

  • But if they do not have sufficient goods of this life, all of a sudden they remember God and accuse Him for not giving them what they need.

  • The ungrateful do not see that it is grace, pure grace, when God gives them what they need. So we have to humble ourselves before God and ask Him to forgive us for our pride, which kept us from thanking Him.

Grateful people, discuss 1 Sam 11, Jabesh Gilead and 1 Sam 31:12, their thankfulness in action.

Discuss the Prodical Son’s experience of grateful people who sucked his dry and left him destitute, a warning to us all about people!