More Gratitude, Less Grumbling! (2 of 3) by David Cook

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More Gratitude, Less Grumbling!
David Cook
Text: Luke 17:11-19

INTRO: We have so much to be thankful for. In spite of this, it's easy to get wrapped up in becoming a grumbler over a person of gratitude!

ILLUS: Thankfulness seems to be a lost art today. Warren Wiersbe illustrated this problem in his commentary on Colossians. He told about a ministerial student in Evanston, Illinois, who was part of a life-saving squad. In 1860, a ship went aground on the shore of Lake Michigan near Evanston, and Edward Spencer waded again and again into the frigid waters to rescue 17 passengers. In the process, his health was permanently damaged. Some years later at his funeral, it was noted that not one of the people he rescued ever thanked him. Our Daily Bread, February 20, 1994.

PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches that gratitude is the obedient response of those whose ruined lives have been restored by the Master.

INT. SENT: Why should every child of God be known for having a grateful attitude over a grumbling attitude?

TRANS. SENT: In Luke 17:11-19, we find three biblical reasons for unrestrained gratitude in the life of the child of God. An attitude of gratitude grows in the life of the believer as he understands more of what God has done for him in the Lord Jesus Christ!

I. THE CONDITION OF THE MEN

A. Diseased

1. "...there met Him ten lepers."
2. Leprosy in Biblical times was a terrible thing. 3. Once a person caught it, it was considered incurable, and those diagnosed with leprosy were banned from society.
4. Leviticus 13:45-46 states, "The person with such an infectious disease must wear torn clothes, let his hair be unkempt, cover the lower part of his face and cry out, 'Unclean! Unclean!' As long as he has the infection he remains unclean. He must live alone; he must live outside the camp."
5. Think of how embarrassing that must have been to be a leper.
a. Disgusted with self
b. Perhaps angry at God
c. Consumed with your disease
d. No hope of hea ...


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