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Defined By Gratitude

Gratitude Devotion Ingratitude

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2013-04-26

Scripture: Revelation 4:11

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

In relation to gratitude, there are three types of people in the world;  1) those who take God's blessings completely for granted;  2) those who are grateful for how God has blessed them; 3) and those rare few who are grateful to God just because He is God.  

APPLICATION

Where are you on the scale of gratitude? Have you matured in your faith to the point where you understand that God is worthy of your devotion, even when things are not how you'd like them to be? Are you grateful to God just because He is God?  

"You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being" (Revelation 4:11).

The Leprosy of Ingratitude

Ingratitude Self-absorbed Spiritual Health

Source: AN AFRICAN PRAYER BOOK by Desmond Tutu, p. 53

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-01-12

Scripture: Luke 17:11

Author: Desmond Tutu
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ILLUSTRATION

"I have always been intrigued by the story of our Lord's healing of the 10 lepers. As they were on their way to show themselves to the priests who would attest to their cure, they were healed. But only one, a despised Samaritan, returned to our Lord to express his gratitude. Our Lord, surprised that only one had done so, then told this Samaritan to rise and go, for his faith had made him whole. It seems odd that Jesus should appear to repeat his cure, since the story had already recorded the healing of all them." 

Desmond Tutu (1931 - ) won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and was only the second black person ever to receive it. In 1986 he was elected archbishop of Cape Town, the highest position in the Anglican Church in South Africa. In 1994, after the end of apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela, Tutu was appointed as chair of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate apartheid-era crimes. His policy of forgiveness and reconciliation has become an international example of conflict resolution, and a trusted method of postconflict reconstruction.

APPLICATION

"I have thought," Tutu concludes, "that perhaps this Gospel story points to a deeper leprosy in the spirit, the leprosy of ingratitude. To be unthankful, to be unappreciative, is in fact to be diseased. To cleanse our spirits of depression, of self-pity and other forms of spiritual leprosy, we have to be thankful, appreciative persons."

Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well" (Luke 17:19).

Some Things I'm NOT Thankful For

Thankfulness Ingratitude Humor

Source: MAKING TODAY COUNT FOR ETERNITY, pp. 160-170

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Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2012-11-16

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Author: Kent Crockett
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ILLUSTRATION

"A little boy was asked to say the prayer at Thanksgiving dinner. After thanking God for the food and his family, he ran out of things to say. Then he prayed, ‘Now let me tell You some things I’m not thankful for.’"

Kent graduated from Texas A&M University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is the senior pastor of the Church of Living Water in Prattville, Alabama. He is the author of The 911 Handbook, Making Today Count for Eternity, and I Once Was Blind but Now I Squint, and has been published in a number of Christian magazines.

APPLICATION

While many of us run out of "things to say" when it comes to our blessings, few of us run out of things to complain about. Crockett challenges our thinking, saying, “Most of us separate everything into two categories—the things we are thankful for and the things we aren’t thankful for. God says that we need to combine everything into one category and give thanks for all of it. ‘In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus’”(I Thessalonians 5:18).

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Greed Naive Ingratitude

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-11-10

Scripture: Matthew 19:16

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Despicable Ingratitude

Ingratitude Liberty (Christian) Jesus' Sacrifice

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-11-16

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Tested By Plenty

Thankfulness Ingratitude God's Care

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-11-11

Scripture: Exodus 16:4

Author: Chuck Swindoll
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God's Unconditional Love

God's Love Love (Human) Ingratitude

Contributed By: Matt Neace | Date Posted: 2011-04-19

Scripture: Romans 5:8

Author: Paul Chappell
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Procrastination Second Coming Spiritual Health

Contributed By: Bren Glass | Date Posted: 2018-07-13

Scripture: Matthew 24:44 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:4

Author: Bren Glass
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The Dark Side Of Winning The Lottery

Temptation Betrayal Jealousy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-02-02

Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:10

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How Dare God!

Arrogance Grace Expectations

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-07-19

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8

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