How to Tell if Yours Is a Thankful Heart
Psalm 100: 4, 5
JESUS CHRIST told of ten lepers he miraculously healed of this loathsome disease. Of the ten, one turned to say "Thanks!" The others left giving every indication they were ingrates. Question: Do your actions indicate you would have been the one or one of the nine? The question awaits an answer by your actions not your words.
Let's examine our attitudes which produce our actions to see if we have a thankful disposition. Take this test with me.
I.A THANKFUL PERSON IS A HUMBLE PERSON, WHILE AN UNTHANKFUL HEART REVEALS A PROUD HEART
A thankful person says, "I have much more than I deserve." An unthankful person says, "I deserve much more than I have." In the Old Testament is the story of Ruth the Moabitess. She was widowed after less than ten years of marriage. Being left penniless in a foreign land she was "condemned" to live with her embittered mother-in-law. This industrious young widow went about seeking a means of self-support. When a large land owner named Boaz discovered her and gave her the right to glean in his fields, she fell all over herself trying to thank him.
"Then she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, 'Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me...'" (Ruth 2: 10). When we think of God's goodness to us that is the appropriate attitude: THANK YOU LORD.
The prevailing attitude of today would be, "That is the least he could do." That same attitude is held toward the Lord by many.
The former prominent pulpiteer, Henry Ward Beecher, said: "Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grows. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves."
If that is your attitude, you will never be content regardless of what you get and have.
II.A THANKFUL HEART IS CONSCIOUS OF GOD AND OTHERS, WHILE AN UNTHANKF ...
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