A Forgiving God

THE HOLY BIBLE (Contemporary English Version – Jonah 3:10-4:3): 10 When God saw that the people had stopped doing evil things, he had pity and did not destroy them as he had planned. 4:1 Jonah was really upset and angry. 2 So he prayed: Our Lord, I knew from the very beginning that you wouldn’t destroy Nineveh. That’s why I left my own country and headed for Spain. You are a kind and merciful God, and you are very patient. You always show love, and you don’t like to punish anyone, not even foreigners. 3 Now let me die! I’d be better off dead.

THOUGHTS: It is impossible for us to truly understand the awesome forgiveness of a loving, supernatural God. I believe from the scripture today it is evident that God meant what He said when He gave Jonah a message for the people of Nineveh that if they turned from their sin and turn towards God, they would be saved from ultimate destruction. However, Jonah saw so much going on in Nineveh that all he could think was total destruction. Friends, that’s why it is so important that we never try to take on the role of God, because we just don’t have what it takes for that role. Think about it, would you or I ever be fit for heaven if we were waiting on the forgiveness of a human being? Why even when we forgive someone today, we still hold that reservation or caution in the back of our minds that their mouths may have said “sorry”, but we just can’t trust that until we see proof of it. Am I right, or is it just me that God made this way? We must remind ourselves of why God is who He said He is. Only He truly knows our heart. So if we say that we are sorry about something and ask for forgiveness, He knows whether to forgive us, or pour on additional ‘heat’ to truly get our attention and sincere apology. Because we know ourselves so well, we tend to see everyone else in the same light. Let us therefore learn to be ‘children’ of God and not assume His role. Children will help each other, but they will look to mom, dad or another adult for the final word on something. Jesus said that we must become like a child – that same attitude, for us to truly accept His lordship and ultimate rule over us. Let’s not mess things up friends. We are merely messengers passing through this old world. God made this world and its inhabitants, and He has a future already designed and planned for us. Let’s give Him full control of our lives and live as He has ordained for us. Let us tell others about Him and pray that He will also work in their lives, as He has done for us. He is a forgiving, loving God. Let Him do that, won’t you?

PRAYER: Father, when the world despised You and hated You, You looked beyond that and sent Your Son to live among us to show us the way of holiness, forgiveness and godliness. Something that we are totally incapable of doing. There are still folk like me that need Your continued power to help me overcome sin and to love others as You first loved me. There are others who are like I once was. They are trying to live this life on their own and without surrendering their lives to You. Father, we are still badly in need of You deeply involved in our lives every day. In fact, we are very limited in our effectiveness for You and having such lack of impact for you in this old sinful world, because we have not given You the ‘reigns’ of our lives. Only You can forgive our sin Lord, and only You can give us the wisdom and direction to live this life in such a way that the world would know that there is a God who hates sin, but loves His children for whom He sent His one and only Son to redeem us from our sin. Please touch the lives of all those who will read this devotional today dear Lord. May we all learn from Jonah, and allow You to be God over our lives and in the circumstances and lives of those to whom we will minister today. I ask this in the strong and forgiving name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, AMEN!

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