We see a lot of bitterness and anger in the story of Jonah. We see it in Jonah’s countenance, his actions, and his heart. He has contempt for the Ninevites; he is angry toward God; and he is even angry toward a plant and a worm.
(Jonah 4:4) The Lord asked, “Is it right for you to be angry?’
(Jonah 4:9) “Then God asked Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?”
“Yes, it’s right,” Jonah replied, “I’m angry enough to die!”
When God showed compassion to the ones Jonah hated – Rage. When the Ninevites repented – Anger. Jonah’s response – The man of God became angry. Was he so concerned with his reputation as a prophet? Did he believe that only God’s people should receive the kindness of God?
God’s Response: Compassion.
God’s response to repentance – He turned from His anger; he relented.
Believers should celebrate God’s Grace being extended to ALL People.
“If I speak human or angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give away all my possessions, and if I give over my body in order to boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.” (I Cor. 13: 1-3)