Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Jonah story

I missed 2 weeks of church. 2 weeks ago I was as sick as I've ever been. Last week we traveled to Toronto. I'm just getting over this flu

Yesterday and Friday we spent 16 hours in lectures at Southland mega church in Steinbach with their SetFree course.

Dave Ens
How do I hear God?
See ourselves as people God wants to communicate with.

God and Jonah had an interesting relationship. God was willing to work with him even though Jonah didn't appreciate it.

Jonah 3.10 and 4. Jonah was angry. God was too nice as far Jonah was concerned. He'd rather die than see God be merciful to Nineveh. It was such a sinful place.

Then God said to Jonah, "Is it right for you to be angry because the plant died?"

"Yes," Jonah retorted, "even angry enough to die!" (Jonah 4:9)

Then the LORD said, "You feel sorry about the plant, though you did nothing to put it there. It came quickly and died quickly. (Jonah 4:10)

God allowed compassion to override justice.

God asked Jonah: But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness, people who don't know their right hand from their left. not to mention all the animals. Shouldn't I feel sorry for such a great city?" (Jonah 4:11)

Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. (1 John 4:11)

This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. (1 John 4:10)

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