All of us have had mothers and fathers who have sacrificed in order to give us a better life than they have had. Many crossed the seas in ships to start a life in a new land. It was a hard task, but it was done with pride and joy because it afforded a better future for their children. Paul wrote about a generation who would be ungrateful and unthankful (2 Timothy 3:2 2 Timothy 3:2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
American King James Version×). They would be lovers of their own selves—thinking the world owed them a living.
Paul noted how great a blessing the followers of Jesus Christ were given when the Church was started after Jesus’ resurrection. He said the elect of God were to put on tender mercies, kindness, longsuffering and humility. Above all these things, he said we needed to be thankful to God (Colossians 3:12-15 Colossians 3:12-15 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering;
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do you.
14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfection.
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body; and be you thankful.
American King James Version×). There is no room for ingratitude when we contemplate the wonderful gifts God has given to mankind. Sadly enough, that appreciation is lacking in this world. Having it would lead us to careful obedience to His word—to live by every word He utters. True thankfulness grants us a life that is warm, loving and filled with hope. Be thankful.