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In his humanity, Jesus revealed that he was a man of like feelings and emotions as you and I.
He was a man of sensibility and he clearly revealed how he felt on many occasions.
We see his anger in the Temple Court as he drives out the money changers and the animal merchants.
We witness his compassion as He heals the sick and lame.
We recognize his shear joy when in the company of children.
We see his frustration and impatience with his disciples when they were slow to learn.
His grief over the death of His dear friend Lazerath is obvious to everyone.
His love for Mary and Martha B Lazerath=s sisters B was genuine.
In our text, we see another emotion.
I think we witness a genuine hurt over the ingratitude of nine men who failed to show the slightest appreciation for what he had done for them.
Jesus had healed them of the most dreaded disease of the day.
Only one comes back to say "thank you".
I have felt for a long time that one of the particular temptations for Christians is the danger of getting accustomed to God's blessings.
Like the world traveler who has been everywhere and seen everything, the Christian is in danger of taking his or her blessings for granted and getting so accustomed to them that they fail to excite us.
We have grown accustomed to our blessings.
The result is that too man Christians have become /thankless/ Christians.
The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the church at Thessalonica,  encourages the Thessalonian believers to be a thankful people.
They are to /". . .
give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus"/ (1 Thess.
5:18).
Ever wonder what God's will for your life is?
Well, hear is one.
Be thankful!
If God rated our sins—which He doesn't—but is He rated our sins as either "big" sins or "little" sins, I'm sure that He would rate ingratitude as one of the "biggies."
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I. INGRATITUDE IS A CHARACTERISTIC OF PAGAN DEPRAVITY
#. in his letter to the Christians at Rome, the Apostle Paul lists roots of the problem with the human race
#. one of those root problems is thanklessness
* Rom.
1:21 /". . .
when they [the pagans] knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful . .
."/
#. on the whole, the human race is unthankful towards God
#. men do not want to recognize and honor God=s position in their lives
#. the passage seems to imply that people who are ungrateful to God will soon fall away—their hearts will become hardened
#. indeed, ingratitude toward God is one of the root sins of a person=s rebellion against God
#. there are many ways to tell if a person is a true believer or not
#.
one way is to listen to the way a person talks
#. like Peter discovered at the camp fire during our Lord's trial before the High Priest, our speech often /betrays/ us
#. our speech reveals what our /mind is thinking/ and what our /heart is feeling/
#. how we verbally thank God and in what circumstances we offer that thanks will often indicate how close or how far away we are from God
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Christians ought to be a thankful people, yet we often display an attitude which is characteristic of the unchurched
#. sometimes all the world hears us do is gripe
#. we gripe about our church
#. we gripe about the people in our church
#. we gripe about our work
#. we gripe about the people we work with
#. we gripe about our present lot in life
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we gripe about what the future will probably be like
!! A. MANY CHRISTIANS ARE AWASH IN A SEA OF NEGATIVITY
#. too many believers have forgotten how to /"count their blessings"/
#. instead, we /list our misfortunes/
#. /"You wouldn't believe what happened to me last week!"/
#. some of the most negative environments in the world are Sometimes found within the walls of a church sanctuary
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I think that few things grieve God more than the negativity and ingratitude of His very own people
#. when was the last time you really spent some significant time thanking God for anything other than a quick grace at your last meal?
* ILLUS.
If we could somehow keep track of our prayers for a month and at the end of that time list every prayer we had prayed and categorize them, the results might be very interesting.
We could categorize them into the different types of prayer mentioned in Scriptures B praise, confession, supplication, intercession and thanksgiving.
The  of what we prayed for would probably be an eye‑opener.
If you are the average Christian you will spend 2% of your prayer time praising God; about 2% would be spent in intercession B praying for other.
Probably about 90% of your prayers are spent in supplication B asking God for those things you want or need or think you need.
Most of us spend only about 1% of our prayer time in thanking God for the good things He has brought our way.
!! B. WHY ARE WE SOMETIMES A THANKLESS PEOPLE?
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I believe there are at least three attitudes that steal away our gratitude and keep us from being thankful
#. /One is our pride/
#. this is the attitude that says, /"Nobody ever gave me anything, I worked hard for /everything I have."/
#. for years you studied hard and now it is finally paying off
#. with this kind of attitude, we feel that we have no one to thank but ourselves
* ILLUS.
The great American writer Henry Ward Beecher once wrote, /"Pride slays thanksgiving, but an humble mind is  the soil out of which thanks naturally grow.
A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves."/
#. another attitude that keeps us from being thankful is a critical /spirit or constant complaining/
#. instead of being grateful, this person will always find something to complain about
* ILLUS.
In our previous pastorate, we had a lady in our church who was an incurable grumbler constantly complained about everything.
One day I thought I had found something about which Bertha would be happy.
Her garden was probably the best in the county that year.
When he saw her one Sunday, I said with a smile, /"Bertha, you must be very happy.
Everyone is saying how healthy your garden looks this year—especially the potatoes.''/
/"True they're pretty good"/ she said, /"But what am I going to do when I need bad ones to feed the pigs.''/
#. sometimes you just can=t win for losing!
#. a third attitude that keeps us from being grateful is /carelessness/
* ILLUS.
Emerson said that if the stars came out only once a year, everybody would stay up all night to behold them.
We have seen the stars so often that we don=t bother to look at them anymore.
#. ingratitude is an insidious sin which leads one down a path of spiritual stagnation
#. thanklessness leads to a negativity about life
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show me a negative Christian and I'll show you a Christian who does not spend much, if any, time thanking God
#. negativity leads to a bitterness about your circumstance
#. you see happy people all around you and feel as if God has cheated you
#. bitterness leads to jealousy
#. not only do you become bitter about your own life
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you become envious toward those around you who seem to be enjoying life
!! C. GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES, FOR THIS IS GOD'S WILL FOR YOU IN CHRIST
#. thankful prayer is not an option for the believer
#. it's God's express will for your life
* Eph.
5:19 /"Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.
Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."/
#. notice Paul says, /"In everything give thanks"/
#. he does not say /"For everything give thanks"/
#. there is a large and fundamental difference between the two
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there are many difficulties and circumstances we cannot be thankful /for/
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