Dangers Of Ingratitude
In continuation of the seven dangers series, we delve into the dangers of ingratitude. This is one common attitude displayed by humans (Christians and non-Christians alike). It seems to me that as humans, as we grow in strength, wealth, numbers, stature, wisdom, knowledge etc, we also grow in pride, egotism, negligence and ingratitude.
Ingratitude simply refers to an attitude of unthankfulness, lack of appreciation or forgetting to gives for an offer/gift received. This attitude is frowned upon by God and in several places in the scriptures, we are enjoined to be thankful first and foremost to the Almighty God for His goodness towards mankind.
“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” -I Thess. 5:18
There is a maxim that says that ‘those that do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it’. It is for this reason that we have identified these dangers and highlight them in order for Christians to avoid such pitfalls as ingratitude.
When we do not appreciate what we have it leads to ingratitude; also when we fail to express our gratitude, we fall into the sin of ingratitude.
The world today is filled with grumblers, complainers and people who take things they have received from God for granted. They focus more on their immediate wants and needs, not realising that God has provided for them, things they did not even ask Him for.
In today’s fast-paced world, most people seem to not have time for gratitude. Work, family pressures, varying appointments among many other activities have taken our priorities and there seems to be no time or space to be thankful (especially to our Creator).
Though we enjoy countless blessings such as shelter, food, health, family and many others, yet we take these things for granted. We easily remember the problems, economic crisis, difficulties, needs and wants that we forget to be thankful for the things we enjoy so freely. Compare with Psalm 68:19 which says,’ Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation’, and we can see there is a problem somewhere.
It is amazing to note that it is those who do not have a working relationship with the Almighty that thank Him the most. It has been like that since time immemorial. (Read Luke 17:12-19 for confirmation). We have allowed ourselves to be carried away by the world’s system that we have forgotten that we (Christians) are in this world but not of this world (John 8:23).
As bothersome as this situation may be, personally I am not surprised because the bible pre-informed about these things. The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:1-4, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, UNTHANKFUL, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God”. These are the days but must we be the ones who will portray the negative aspects of the last days?
Showing gratitude is a sign of meekness not weakness. We incur God’s wrath when we show ingratitude.
I conclude with this interesting piece I got from Pastor Andrew Pappoe’s Facebook page: ‘Many years ago, as the story is told, a devout king was disturbed by the ingratitude of his royal court. He prepared a large banquet for them. When the king and his royal guests were seated, by prearrangement, a beggar shuffled into the hall, sat down at the king’s table, and gorged himself with food. Without saying a word, he then left the room. The guests were furious and asked permission to seize the tramp and tear him limb from limb for his ingratitude. The king replied, “That beggar has done only once to an earthly king what each of you does three times each day to God. You sit there at the table and eat until you area satisfied. Then you walk away without recognizing God, or expressing one word of thanks to Him.’
Let those who have ears, hear what the spirit is saying.
Scriptures for further study:
Psalm 100:4; Romans 1:21; 1 Chronicles 29:10-14; Psalm 92: 1-2; 1Timothy 6:17;
‘Gratitude is the antibiotic of the soul to cure a variety of the world’s ills. It cuts the bark of our hard hearts and nourishes the very spot where we are grafted into Jesus Christ Himself, and restores a sense of closeness and intimacy with God.’- Sharon Jayne (http://sharonjaynes.com/the-danger-of-ingratitude-2)