Jonah 1:1-2 KJV
Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.
Yesterday, I went on and on about the need to exercise self-restraint when calamity hits your enemy, and sought to demonstrate the love Jesus taught us to have for our enemies, when we read the book of Obadiah.
Following Obadiah is the book of Jonah and immediately we see God ask the prophet Jonah to go preach repentance to a wicked pagan nation. How easy is that to understand? Why would God want Nineveh to repent? Couldn’t He have just handled the situation like Sodom and Gomorrah? Perhaps, there were still some righteous bunch in Nineveh the Lord didn’t want to destroy.
Whatever the answers to these questions are, God clearly demonstrated that His true intents are not to immediately condemn a people, but to first give them a chance. For most of us, this chance God gives is not a one off thing. He gives and has given us multiple chances.
This stands to reason that we are not in a position to hastily condemn others at just one offence. It’s a good thing to give others a chance to correct their own wrongs and prove a better version of themselves.
Don’t be too quick to write them off, a different situation may probably have brought the best out of them. Learn to give yet another chance.
Have a blessed day.
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