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Somebody Ought to Testify (2 of 3)
Series: A Closer Look at the Will of God
Steve N. Wagers
1 Thessalonians 5:18
November 20, 2005
1. The REQUIREMENT of Thankfulness!
A) The Heavenly Side of Expectation!
B) The Human Side of Appreciation!
2. The REALM of Thankfulness!
A) At All Times!
B) In All Things!
3. The REASON for Thankfulness!
A) The Work of God in Us!
B) The Will of God for Us!
Shakespeare described ingratitude as a "marble-hearted fiend." That is, he said that an ingrate had the heart of solid marble. Shakespeare went on to say, "I hate ingratitude more in man than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness, or any taint of vice, whose strong corruption inhabits our frail blood."
Shakespeare said again, "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child." I know of nothing that stings the heart of a parent as a child that is ungrateful for what the parent does for him.
The blind poet Milton said this: "He that is ungrateful has no guilt but one; all other crimes may pass for virtues in him."
Rudyard Kipling was a great British poet whose writings have blessed many of us, including a generation gone by. Rudyard Kipling was a very famous writer even before he died, and made a great deal of money at his trade.
A newspaper reporter came up to him once and said, "Mr. Kipling, I just read that somebody calculated that the money you make from your writings amounts to over $100 a word." Mr. Kipling raised his eyebrows and said, "Really, I certainly wasn't aware of that."
The reporter cynically reached into his pocket and pulled out a $100 bill and gave it to Kipling and said, "Here's a $100 bill Mr. Kipling. Now you give me one of your $100 words." Rudyard Kipling looked at that $100 bill for a moment, took it and folded it up and put it in his pocket and said, "Thanks."
When we consider the blessings of God upon our lives, we need not look for a $100 word, because the word "Thanks" says it al ...
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