Should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know the difference between their right and left hand, as well as many animals? – Jonah 4:11
God’s prophet, Jonah, was irate that God would consider forgiving the sins of the Ninevites. Indeed, the Assyrians who dwelt there were a wicked, brutal people who had viciously and mercilessly attacked Israel. No doubt, Jonah had (like many Israelites) prayed for the Assyrians and the city of Nineveh, but not for their salvation. He had probably asked God to annihilate them. Why did Jonah run? As a prophet, he understood that if he warned Nineveh of God’s wrath, then they might repent and be spared. Jonah wanted revenge, not repentance.
Do you desire repentance for your enemies, those people you despise or dislike, or is it revenge? Have you withheld the good news that Jesus saves from those you feel are undeserving? Have you forgotten the truth that we were all once enemies of God?
My friends, if we deserved the gospel, then grace would be unnecessary. Yet, it is necessary because we (like our enemies) so need it!
Cannibals need missionaries. – Poster for Africa at a C. T. Studd meeting in England
Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.
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