Be Thankful, Part 3

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God…

II Timothy 3:1-4

In these days around the holiday of Thanksgiving (in the United States), we will look at a few of the many verses in the Bible that deal with the subject of thankfulness.  It’s an important subject to remember today in our society of greed and covetousness.

I have always found it interesting that in these verses about the perilous times of the last days, the Lord would choose to put “unthankful” in the list along with much “worse” things like blasphemy, disobedience, unholiness, liars, traitors, etc.  Those are some serious things.  And right in the middle of them we find the sin of unthankfulness.  Make no mistake – not being thankful is most definitely a sin.  It’s just as much of a sin as any of the others things on the list in these verses.

We can even find this sin listed in the sad story of the failure of man in Romans 1: “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”  Man’s descent into sin and his rejection of God included simple unthankfulness.  If we ever find ourselves questioning how important being thankful is, let us consider these verses.

We probably don’t normally think of not being thankful as a sin on the same level of some other “big sins.”  But God puts it there and we should confess and forsake unthankfulness just as we would any other sin.

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