Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thanklessness to God and Man

David was concerned when he sinned with Bathsheba that he had sinned against God. But, it seems to me, if you consider Uriah the Hittite, He sinned against man too.

If you can sin against God, you can sin against man.

I don't think I'll get any argument about that.

On the other hand, if you are a thankless person, you might be thankless to God and in turn, thankless to Man. I have seen it. So have you.

In the last couple weeks I have extended hands of help to some people who asked for it. I did what I could. It was substantial enough.

Yet, the thanks I have received is zip. I didn't need groveling. I didn't need bless you Gene. I would have appreciated at least acknowledgement.

In many cases particularly in the Body of Christ we get sooooo busy doing the work of the ministry we forget some basic graces, like saying thanks.

This isn't a big deal. I'm not injured. But, if they are thankless to their brother in Christ, are they as thankless to the Father?

I suspect yes. Thanklessness is a disease. I might do a study on it. Sufficient to say, it's not a good thing.

An afterthought. One of these people when he does upon occasion express thanks, always starts by saying, "I can't thank you enough".

Just thanks would be enough. But that doesn't show up either. Am I being picky? I'll let you decide. It's a heart thing.

1 comment:

Heart and Hands Int'l Ministries said...

Hmmm- appearing religious... having a FORM of godliness... Strongs says: a FORMULA. Gee- isn't that what all these things are that you mentioned Gene - FORMULAS????? Oh but sometimes we call them CHURCH PROGRAMS, or in the secular OPPORTUNITIES.. but they are still FORMULAS. Formulas to get rich quick, get skinny quick, get happiness quick... anything except good old fashioned discipline, self control, hard work and prayer...

(AMP)
2Ti 3:1 But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].
2Ti 3:2 For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane.
2Ti 3:3 [They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good.
2Ti 3:4 [They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God.
2Ti 3:5 For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them].


(BBE)
2Ti 3:1 But be certain of this, that in the last days times of trouble will come.
2Ti 3:2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, uplifted in pride, given to bitter words, going against the authority of their fathers, never giving praise, having no religion,
2Ti 3:3 Without natural love, bitter haters, saying evil of others, violent and uncontrolled, hating all good,
2Ti 3:4 False to their friends, acting without thought, lifted up in mind, loving pleasure more than God;
2Ti 3:5 Having a form of religion, but turning their backs on the power of it: go not with these.


(MSG)
2Ti 3:1 Don't be naive. There are difficult times ahead.
2Ti 3:2 As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse,
2Ti 3:3 dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical,
2Ti 3:4 treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God.
2Ti 3:5 They'll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they're animals. Stay clear of these people.