Sunday, November 19, 2017

That’s the Thanks I Get?

Luke 17:11-19
The absence of etiquette in our world stems from a deeper problem than mere poor manners.  Some go through life thinking everyone owes them.  As soon as they make a demand, they feel it should be met immediately and without question.  The story of the ten lepers is revealing of the condition of our world and the loss of respect for others. 
The absence of manners is a social problem.  The absence of gratitude is a spiritual problem.
Ingratitude is the mishandling of grace.

I. Respect says, Please  Matthew 7:7

We say “Please” because we recognize the right of a person not to do or give what we ask for.
Anything someone does for us that we cannot claim as a right is a grace gift.
An unrealistic, unmerited or inappropriate expectation of favor from the hands of others is a false sense of entitlement.
God wants us to NEED Him and turn to Him; He wants to be our God.  Philippians 4:6  
II. Respect says, Thank You Luke 17:11-19
The heart of Christian worship is called the Eucharist.
Gratitude is fundamental to happiness.
The essence of appreciation is humility that respects others, what they possess, their time and their rights and says, “Thank you.”
Practical Atheism begins with ingratitude. It ends in idolatry and destruction.
Real gratitude also displays contentment.  For if God has blessed, He has blessed sufficiently.

III. Respect says, “You’re Welcome

Instead of “You’re Welcome” we get “No Problem!
Instead ofYou’re Welcomewe getDon’t worry about it!

IV. Respect says, “I’m SorryII Corinthians 7:10

Real sorrow feels the pain we have caused another and cleanses our spirit as well as theirs through repentance.

Until we confess, we cannot receive and walk in restoration and forgiveness.

Devotional Archive