Anger? At Compassion?

God’s word for me today is in Jonah 4:1-2 which says:

“But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.”

Jonah is angry. Jonah is angry that the people of Ninevah would live. Jonah is angry that the Lord had compassion on the people of Ninevah. Jonah was angry that the Lord was a compassionate and loving God! Surely Jonah must have forgotten that the Lord had compassion on Jonah and saved his life. Now the Lord was saving the people of Ninevah from destruction and Jonah was angry about it.

The Lord is a compassionate God. The Lord not only saved the people of Ninevah but He saved us. We were going to die because of our sins, we needed a perfect sacrifice to live. Then Jesus who is the son of God, came down from heaven and atoned for our sins on the cross! It was because of His compassion and love for us that He died for us.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV John 3:16)

Jesus loved us enough to die for us! Why don’t you trust in Jesus and live? If you will repent of your sins and believe in Jesus as your savior then you will be saved from the wrath of God. Just like the people of Ninevah we are saved because of Jesus sacrifice! Why don’t you trust in Jesus and live?

As Christians we should not be angry if we see an unbeliever come to Christ. We should not say that they are unworthy to be a Christian. Jesus died for us so that the unworthy could live. We should not be Jonah and be angry that the Lord saved a terrible sinner. Instead we should help them, we should share the Gospel with unbelievers and show them that even though they have sinned terribly, they can come to Christ and live! We should want them to be saved, we shouldn’t be angry at it. If you do become angry then ask God to give you compassion and mercy so that you can be happy that they are saved.

Thank the Lord that no matter who we are we can be saved by Jesus’ blood.

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

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