Daily D – Jonah 4:1-3

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Jonah 4:1-3  Jonah was greatly displeased and became furious. He prayed to the Lord, “Please, Lord, isn’t this what I said while I was still in my own country? That’s why I fled toward Tarshish in the first place. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger, abounding in faithful love, and one who relents from sending disaster. And now, Lord, take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” (CSB)

There’s an old song with an infectious beat that asks, “Who do you love?” If Jonah had heard that song, his reply might have been, “I’ll tell you who I don’t love.”

Who’s on your Don’t-Love List?

If we are truly children of God, if we really belong to him, we learn to love who he loves. He loves everybody, and so should we. 

Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭28‬:‭18‬-‭20‬ ‭CSB‬‬

He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭1‬:‭7‬-‭8‬ ‭CSB‬‬

After this I looked, and there was a vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes with palm branches in their hands.
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭7‬:‭9‬ ‭CSB‬‬

God loves everybody everywhere and wants every single person to come to him for the free gift of salvation he offers. There are at least two thoughts for us to think as we ponder Jonah’s response to this truth. First, your purpose in life includes learning to love who God loves. Second, learning to love who God loves turns enemies into family. 

Who is God calling you to love like he loves them?

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I will love who God loves.

Our Father, I will be honest. There are some people who are easy for me to hate. Empower me to see them as you see them. Change my repulsion into compassion. Deliver me, and them, from the consequences of my animosity. Enlarge my heart and bang out the dents. Amen.

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