- Ingratitude is a Lack of Thankfulness and Appreciation for something or Someone.
- Expressing ingratitude disrupts relationships and decreases TRUST.
- People who feel unappreciated may begin to feel RESENTFUL and ANGRY.
- Ingratitude can lead to DECREASED MOTIVATION and EFFORT in work.
- Learning to be grateful and appreciating even small things can help to reduce INGRATITUDE.
- Ingratitude is taking people’s kindness for granted.
- Ingratitude is failing to recognize the amount of TIME and ENERGY someone else has invested in doing something for you.
- Ingratitude is complaining about the help given instead of Verbalizing appreciative words.
- Ingratitude is feeling entitled and expecting HELP without demonstrating proper appreciation back.
- Ingratitude is not expressing gratitude for things done for, however small they may be.
- Ingratitude is neglecting to thank people who have gone out of their way to make things easier for you.
- Ingratitude is inattentiveness to the effort that people put into helping you.
- Ingratitude is being unappreciative of SUPPORT received or FAVORS done.
- In order to combat ingratitude, it is important to be aware of it and practice gratitude daily.
- Making it a habit to reflect back on blessings can also be beneficial in reducing ingratitude.
BIBLICAL CASES OF INGRATITUDE
- Exod. 32 v 7 – 14
The Israelites forgetting about God and worshipping the Golden Calf.
v.7 “And the Lord said to Moses, “Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves.”
v.8 “They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. They have made themselves a molded calf, and worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!’”
v.9 “And the Lord said to Moses, “I have seen these people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people!”
v.10 “Now, therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation.”
v.11 “Then Moses pleaded with the Lord his God, and said: “Lord, why does Your wrath burn hot against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?”
v.12 “Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, ‘He brought them out to harm them, to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from Your fierce wrath, and relent from this harm to Your people.”
v.13 “Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants, to whom You swore by Your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’”
v.14 “So the Lord relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people.”
- Gen. 25 v 29 – 34
Esau Not appreciating the blessing his brother Jacob gave him.
v.29 “Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary.”
v.30 “And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom.”
v.31 “But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.”
v.32 “And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?”
33 Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.”
- 2 Sam. 16 v 5 – 13
Shimei cursing David, even though, he had been spared by the King.
- Luke 15 v 11 – 32
The prodigal son not recognizing hid father’s blessings.
- Luke 17 v 11 – 19
The Ten lepers Jesus healed not thanking Him except one.
- Matt. 26 v 56 – 75
The disciples not recognizing Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
- Luke 19 v 1 – 10
Zacchaeus not showing enough gratitude to Jesus.
- Luke 23 v 26 – 49
The people of Jerusalem not recognizing the perfect sacrifice Jesus gave them.
- Deut. 8 v 11 – 18
The Israelites not remembering the miracles performed by God.
- Num. 22 v 1 – 25
Balaam not thanking God for his deliverance.
- GRATITUDE TO GOD
1 Thess. 5 v 18
“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
- GRATITUDE TO YOUR PARENTS
Exod. 20 v 12
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”
Eph. 6 v 2
“Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise”
- GRATITUDE TO YOUR PASTOR
1 Tim. 5 v 17
“Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.”
Gal. 6 v 6
“Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.”
- GRATITUDE TO YOUR BENEFACTORS
Rom. 13 v 7 – 10
v.7 “Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.”
v.8 “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.”
v.9 “For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
v.10 “Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
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