Thursday, October 06 2016
“And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, who stood afar off: and they lifted up their voices, saying, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go and show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, with a loud voice glorifying God; and he fell upon his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were not the ten cleansed? but where are the nine? Were there none found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger? And he said unto him, Arise, and go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.”
Luke 17:12-19 ASV
Very often this scripture is referred to when we encounter ungrateful people as a way of encouraging ourselves that if this happened to Jesus, we should not expect so much gratitude from people.
It is clear that Jesus was not happy that only one healed leper returned to give thanks and Jesus prayed for the grateful leper to be made whole, implying that the other nine lepers may have been healed but we're not made whole, meaning that worse things could happen in future to the ungrateful nine that God will not be obliged to help them.
Types of ingratitude:
1. Those who simply don't know when to say thank you - strange as it may, but there are so many people that simply do not appreciate any form of kindness even if it has positively impacted their lives.
2. Those that can only appreciate very substantial gifts - God tests us with little things before big ones and if one cannot appreciate little gifts or little miracles, I doubt if greater miracles will come the way of such individuals
3. Those with a sense of entitlement to gifts and support from others - This is common in cultures where people expect so much from family members, friends and associates even though they shouldn't, it is like unwritten laws that must be adhered to or else offences will arise.
4. Those that are too proud or ashamed to accept or appreciate kindness, sadly there are so many people who are too ashamed to accept help or appreciate it and will prefer if they paid for it than show appreciation.
There may be more examples but suffice to say that these types of ingratitude are found amongst Christian believers, many believers block their blessings by failing to appreciate what they have received. No matter how insignificant the gifts or miracles are, they are very significant to God.
God commanded the children of Israel to take rocks from the bed of the Red Sea to show to generations of God's great deliverance from their adversaries, this is a form of perpetual testimony of God's goodness and awesomeness. God loves to be appreciated and love to see us appreciate one another.
We must not forget those that helped us on our way up or else we will meet them on our our way down and the reception may be completely different.