Ingratitude Topical Study

<p><span class="body-copy">If the psalms depict God as again and again soliciting people&#39;s praise and thanksgiving, it is not because God is vain or in need of our fluffing him up with compliments. Rather, such expressions of gratitude are merely fitting for those who recognize God as the source of all goodness and blessing. To riff on a well-known sentiment from the author Lewis B. Smedes, life is simply out of joint when those who receive good things fail to express gratitude &mdash; toward God, but just as much toward one another. In the well-known incident of the healing of the ten lepers in <a href="">Luke 17</a>, only one of the ten returns to Jesus to thank him after discovering he had been healed. Jesus&#39; response of &quot;Where are the other nine?&quot; likely represents God&#39;s abiding, day-to-day wonder at so many people in his creation who receive his good gifts and yet lead lives marked by an ongoing ingratitude. Those who believe they are merely entitled to receive good things or those who are convinced they earned every good thing they receive are unlikely to express gratitude to God or to anyone else.</span></p>