As children of obedience, we must be grateful to God for He revealed to us His Son, and He rescued us from the power of darkness, and we are grateful to Him by doing what is right in His sight. However, we must be grateful also to all those who do good to us. We must be grateful, for it is written: “Be thankful” (Colossians 3:15 – NKJV). Ungratefulness is caused by greed, and by a short memory toward those who have done good to us.

Nabal, for instance, was ungrateful to David and his men, as it is written: “And David sent out ten young men, and David said unto the young men, Get you up to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and greet him in my name: And thus shall ye say to him that liveth in prosperity, Peace be both to thee, and peace be to thine house, and peace be unto all that thou hast. And now I have heard that thou hast shearers: now thy shepherds which were with us, we hurt them not, neither was there ought missing unto them, all the while they were in Carmel. Ask thy young men, and they will shew thee. Wherefore let the young men find favour in thine eyes: for we come in a good day: give, I pray thee, whatsoever cometh to thine hand unto thy servants, and to thy son David. And when David's young men came, they spake to Nabal according to all those words in the name of David, and ceased. And Nabal answered David's servants, and said, Who is David? and who is the son of Jesse? there be many servants now a days that break away every man from his master. Shall I then take my bread, and my water, and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers, and give it unto men, whom I know not whence they be?” (1 Samuel 25:5-11). And because of his answer he made David angry, and had it not been for Nabal’s wife (who took the initiative in overriding the effect of her husband’s bullish behaviour) David would have killed Nabal.

The children of Israel were ungrateful to the house of Gideon, for it is written: “And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and went a whoring after Baalim, and made Baal-berith their god. And the children of Israel remembered not the LORD their God, who had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on every side: Neither shewed they kindness to the house of Jerubbaal, namely, Gideon, according to all the goodness which he had shewed unto Israel” (Judges 8:33-35).

Therefore, let us take heed to ourselves and let us make every effort to repay the good which our neighbour, whether he is a child of God or not, does to us.