Sermon About Ingratitude: Avoid It!

Sermon About Ingratitude: Avoid It!

Consider how common ingratitude is. Sometimes the simplest duties seem the hardest to fulfill (Lk. 17:11-19)

Gratitude is a way to show appreciation for the blessings and opportunities that the God has given you it is the act of thanking  for the gifts you have received.

What if God took back every blessing for which we are not truly grateful?

But however common it is, is there any greater sin than ingratitude?

Why Are We Ungrateful?


  • The challenges seem too great (or too frequent)- Exodus 14:10-12
  • We want more- Numbers 11:4-6
  • We want what someone else has – 1 Corinthians 6:7-10 1 Timothy 3:8; Titus 1:7; Jude 1:11; 2 Peter 2:14
  • We believe we are entitled to something – James 4:4-10


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1. Avoid ingratitude with thanksgiving

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” (Psalm 100:4)

“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)

Ingratitude Is a Sin

“Because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools.” (Romans 1:19-22)

Ingratitude hurts deeply (Jn. 1:11)

Not only is ingratitude itself a sin, it is at the root of most other sins; it is the first step on the road that leads away from God (Rom. 1:21)

2. Avoid ingratitude is a moral and spiritual principle

Gratitude is a moral and spiritual principle that should be practiced by everyone.   

Evoid ingratitude we should always seek to improve our behavior through gratitude-based thinking. Appreciating what you have in life motivates you to act with kindness and generosity toward others.

“Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17,18)

“Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:20)

We Should Always Give Thanks! (1 Chronicles 29:11-15)

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3. Avoid Ingratitude to inspire others

God has never looked lightly on the complainer (Num. 21:4-6)

Sometimes our ingratitude is the result of not knowing (or remembering) what it is like to be without; there is a definite link between prosperity and ingratitude (Deut. 8:3; cf. vv. 7-18)

For example, the surest way to produce an ungrateful child is to give him everything he wants

  • We Should Always Give Thanks! (1 Chronicles 29:11-15; Ephesians 5:20)
  • Accept Your Troubles—Without Complaining James 1:2,3; Romans 8:28; 1 Corinthians 10:10
  • We Should Always Give Thanks! (1 Chronicles 29:11-15; Ephesians 5:20)
  • Acknowledge What You Have—and Would Not Trade Ephesians 1:3; John 14:1-4; Matthew 6:8; Ephesians 1:7

Avoid Ingratitude can also inspire us to find ways to give back to the blessings we have received. Jesus Christ taught his to always love they others. He advocated generosity as one way of showing gratitude for the gifts He has given us. 

Plus, there are many ways Evoid Ingratitude appreciation, make donations or worship to God. There are many ways to give back by expressing your thanks; this makes you an even happier person!

  • Remember Your Gifts—Instead of Coveting More 1 Timothy 6:6-8; Hebrews 13:5,6; Luke 12:16-21
  • We Should Always Give Thanks! (1 Chronicles 29:11-15; Ephesians 5:20)

Avoid Ingratitude us apart from ungrateful people because it makes us more appreciative of the blessings we have received from the God. It also inspires us to give back what we have received from others through acts of kindness. 

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Expressing gratitude makes us more optimistic and encourages us to improve our behavior towards others and God. No matter how rich or poor you are, expressing gratitude will make you a happier person!

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