Sunday, February 20, 2011

Jonah's Temper Tantrum

The reading this week comes from Jonah 4 and finishes the story of Jonah.

Hitler could be in heaven! If he accepted Jesus Christ as his saviour before he died he would be! Most of us would feel that this isn't right and that justice would only be served if Hitler was rotting in hell, but God doesn't work that way.

Jonah rebelled, repented, was forgiven and eventually went to Nineveh and preached God's word. As a result of this the Ninevites repented, received forgiveness and were spared. To Jonah this seemed very wrong and he became angry. He didn't want them spared. These were evil people and they deserved whatever punishment God would dish out.

God's forgiveness is available to anyone who would call on His name and repent. All christians need to tell people about our loving God.

Do we have a heart to see people saved or, like Jonah, would we prefer to see them punished?


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