Anger Blinds

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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!”

Jonah’s Response:

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)

Janice Ramsey