For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy (2Tim.3.2).
A man told a story of how he received a visitor in his office on a fateful day. His guest needed help, so he gave him some money in an envelope. The young man counted the money and asked, “is this all you can give me?” That was an expression of ingratitude. As stated in the scriptures, it is one of the End-Time manifestations. It is an attitude that has no regard for the sacrifice of someone denying himself to please others.
However, an unthankful person is not ingrate because of the value of the good deeds received, they are ingrate because they are not easily satisfied (greed).
Gratitude shouldn’t start with receiving materials things. It has to be an attitude of living. Are you grateful for the air you breath? Are you grateful for the gift of life? Are you appreciative of the little things in your life? If you are not grateful for the little things, you probably may not be grateful for helps from people. Gratitude shouldn’t only be given to people but it should be offered to God who has given us all things to freely enjoy.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thes. 4:18).
Gratitude magnifies the act of kindness, making it visible and endearing. It enriches our lives, relationships and honors God. Ingratitude does the exact opposite.
© Olusola John.