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Jonah 4

“This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. So he complained to the Lord about it: ‘Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people.'” v. 1-2

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that God can forgive and rescue people that live as if there is no God. For us, we know the people that tend to get under our skin! When we are around them we tend to avoid them, we are short with them, and many times don’t extend grace to them. Jonah was the same way toward the Ninavites. He didn’t like their lifestyle therefore, he couldn’t stand them. They lived as if there was no God.

As people it is easy for us to share the good news with people we think want to hear it. It is harder to share with people that tend to look different, talk different, act different, and even live different than we do. It’s in these times that we have to depend on God’s guidance and power. Jonah went and declared destruction. But God doesn’t bring about the destruction that Jonah declared because the people were repentant, and God withdrew his wrath and extended Grace and Mercy. He does the same thing for us. Instead of giving us what we deserve, He extends to us His Grace and His Mercy.

Have you received Gods Grace and Mercy that is found in Jesus? If you have, are you telling others about the good news of Jesus Christ? If not, why?

God, I am so thankful that you have extend your grace and mercy to me, a sinner who needs it more and more everyday!

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