Presentation on theme: "To 160 th Ave Church of Christ. Luke 17:11-19 A troubling passage – A troubling disease (Lev. 13:45-46) Cell degeneration Incurable (till 1940s) Contagious."— Presentation transcript:
Luke 17:11-19 A troubling passage – An even more troubling response One out of 9 return A frustrating response No reason is given as to why – An adequate illustration of society today A common courtesy (being thankful) that is uncommon today As Christians we can often act worse than
Problems from Ingratitude: A destructive problem for Israel while wandering: – Instead of trusting and being thankful they complained and grumbled. – They forgot what God had done for them. – They remembered falsely their time in Egypt – We get frustrated with them, and rightly so. – But do we follow in their footsteps? From ingratitude stems all kinds of ungodliness (Rom. 1:23, 28-32) – A “common courtesy” that means so much
Problems from Ingratitude: Is the cause of much trouble in homes and in the work place. – A major reason for workers quitting their jobs – A major reason for marriages breaking up. This does not mean we must eliminate all wants and desires and concerns, but that we express them in the right way and to the right person. – Moses (Numbers 11:10-15) – Gives his complaints to God
Thankfulness: All the time, Not just on holidays. – 1 Thess. 5:16-18 – Eph. 5:19-20 – Col. 3:17 Giving thanks in difficult times – Easy to be thankful on holidays – Daniel (Dan. 6:10) – There is always something to be thankful for! God expresses appreciation to those who serve him. – We are but unprofitable servants (Luke 17:10) – “Well done good and faithful servant” (Matt. 25:21, 23).
Good that comes from Gratitude: Gratitude leads to all sorts of godliness – Much like love (Matthew 22:36-40) – True gratitude gives great motivation to serve/follow/obey Gratitude leads to contentment: (1 Thess. 5:16-18) – There is no “rejoice always”, without “giving thanks in everything” Gratitude provides incredible encouragement to others. – In contrast to tearing down relationships (marriage) this will help build them. – Who doesn’t like being told thank you. – Who doesn’t like feeling appreciated. – Creates positive reinforcement
Good that comes from Gratitude: Receiving Gratitude and appreciation allows one to be receptive when being corrected/urged to do something. – Consider the example of Paul: Example with an individual: – Philemon 1:4-9 – 2 Tim. 1:3 Example with a congregation: – Romans. 1:8 – Ephesians 1:16 – Philippians 1:3 – Colossians 1:3 – 1 Thess. 1:2; 2 Thess. 1:3 – 1 Corinthians 1:4
Tips to show Gratitude: Show Gratitude immediately – Daniel (Dan. 2:19) – Moses (Exod. 15- song of praise) Show Gratitude with your words – We take away an incredible opportunity to encourage when we just think it Show Gratitude with your actions – Ex. Tuition – Ex. Sorrow (2 Cor. 7:9-10)
The Ten Lepers The 9 who were not thankful – We get frustrated by them and rightly so – We can not only become like them but become worse than them. We have been given life when we were condemned Often instead of being thankful we complain about how hard it is to be a Christian. The nine are rebuke because of unthankfulness, we might be condemned for complaining about being a Christian.