Ingratitude makes physically attractive people ugly! I’ve met people who, at first glance, seemed to have everything going for them… good looks, great family, enviable job, bright mind, and the list could go on… But after being around them for awhile one blemish colors everything else about them with an ugly color … they are ungrateful!!
This morning, my Bible reading included Isaiah 63.7 – 64.12. It tells the sad story of an ungrateful people… people that had so much going for them, people who had experienced God’s rich blessing and power on their behalf, people that God had provided for in such wonderful ways… But they were ungrateful!!
Here’s how the prophet Isaiah describes the situation…
“I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which He is be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us – Yes, the many good things he has done for us, according to His compassion and many kindnesses! He said, ‘surely they are My people, children who will be true to Me;’ and so He became their Savior. In all their distress He too was distressed, and the angel of His presence saved them. In His love and mercy He redeemed them; He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old…
Then Isaiah goes on to say this… “YET they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit!” and later, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags… no one calls on Your Name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden Your face from us and have given us over to our sins.” (Isaiah 63.7-10, 64:6-7 NIV)
Oh, I never want to be guilty of ingratitude to God! The personal ugliness it produces is revolting… AND deadly!! Romans 1 tells the sad story… over and over again in it you read this sad refrain, “God gave them over… to the sinful desires of their hearts… to shameful lusts… and to a depraved mind…” And it all goes back to “Although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him (i.e. they were ungrateful!)” (from Romans 1.18-32 NIV)
Here’s the point: Ingratitude not only makes physically attractive people ugly… It is spiritually toxic – it is a hideous blemish within! Oh, Lord, I never want to be guilty!!