Saturday, February 6, 2016

Thanks Living: Unthankful

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Don't think being unthankful is a 'big deal'? Read these verses again.

Look at the list:
Lovers of themselves: friend; expresses experience-based love
Lovers of money: greedy
Boasters: empty pretender
Proud: with an overweening estimate of one's means or merits, despising others or even treating them with contempt, haughty
Blasphemers: speaking evil, slanderous, reproachful, abusive
Disobedient to parents: impersuasible, uncompliant, contumacious
UNTHANKFUL: ungracious
Unholy: impious, wicked
Unloving: without natural affection
Unforgiving: implacable, irreconcilable
Slanderers: prone to accuse falsely
Without self-control: given to or characterized by excessive indulgence
Brutal: fierce, savage
Despisers of good: hostile to virtue and to those that are good
Traitors: betrayer
Headstrong: rash, reckless, act without thinking
Haughty: to inflate with self-conceit, high-minded
Lovers of pleasure: characterized by luxury or sensual pleasure

RATHER THAN: it is opposed to something else and does away with it
Lovers of God: fond of God, i.e. Pious 

Having the form of godliness: appearance of respect of God
Denying: disavow, reject, abnegate, refuse
Power: strength, mighty (wonderful) work
Turn away: to shun, avoid

We all would have to agree that we do like people who exhibit these characteristics. And included in this list is "unthankful". So, it is a big deal. 

Unthankful. Ungrateful. 
Not feeling or showing pleasure, relief, or gratitude.
Careless, cruel, heedless, inappreciative, rude, self-centered, thoughtless, unappreciated, unappreciative, ungracious, ungrateful, unmindful.

This is an attitude that makes us bitter and open to all the other characteristics lists in 2 Timothy 3:1-5. Look at the list again. If one is truly thankful, than that sets self aside. And to me, this list looks like the focus is on "me, myself, and I".  Perhaps beginning with changing the attitude of "unthankful" to "thankful", the entire list would change to characteristics of true lovers of God. 

Thanks Living, is important as it is one of the foundations for truly loving God and respecting and honoring God. 

My prayer is that I have a thankful heart and attitude.

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