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Jonah 3-4

So Jonah gets his act together and goes to Nineveh. The people--all the way down to the king--hear his message and repent, and as a result, God spares Nineveh. Now at this point you'd think All's well that ends well, but not for Jonah. He's mad that God didn't destroy the city. So Jonah has a pout fest. He complains to God and they (God and Jonah) converse about the situation. But unfortunately, Jonah's heart is hard and he is not in a good place with God when we reach the end of the Book.

So what's the most important thing you learned from Jonah's story? What did this tiny little Book show you about God? What did it show you about your relationship and interaction with Him? Tami W.

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God is forgiving and he has a plan. He loved the 120,000 people and wanted them to straighten up and live in peace with God. He is not a vengeful God.

What I learned was I need to listen and to follow Gods will.I have once again seen how much of a merciful and loving God we have ,and that i need to take more time to listen toGod to understand what his will is for my life.

God likes his cattle - HA! That last line made me laugh... Seriously, if I wrap myself up too much in what I want, what MY plans are, and something doesn't go the way I expect - then I tend to slip into an angry mood. It bothers me that I do this. But seeing Jonah in his mood kind of reminds me of me... he gets bitter in his own selfishness. I am going to try to repeat God's words that he spoke to Jonah the next time I want to fly off the handle about something: God asking me, “Do you do well to be angry?” I never feel good about my reaction, but perhaps this will help me avoid that negative pattern.

Jonah was not willing to stay in the whale. He wanted to do what God wanted him to do. God made a way for second chances. This is important for us as well. We get second chances all the time from God. We need to learn to use those second chances to do what God said.

God's incredible love for and patience with people is put on display in this book. He displays mercy to the Assyrians and is profoundly patient with Jonah through the entire process.

Well said all! What is God's will for us? Be "joyful" always; "pray" continually; "give thanks" in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 )

We serve a God of second chances indeed! Or in my case third and four and .... Thank God that 'He' wishes that 'none' should perish!

The verses I use when I catch myself getting rilded are:

1.) "And don't sin by letting anger gain control over you. Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior" (Ephesians 4:26-27,31)

2.) "Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry." (James 1:19)

Via con Dios & adios amigos!

Gods Will

Ever wondered what Gods Will is for your life?

Here are some bible verses with sound guidelines and instructions for Christian living.

God has a Good Plan

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Find New Life

John 3:16

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Luke 6:37

Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

Be Transformed by the Word
Romans 12:2

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Joshua 1:8

Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5

It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable

Walk in Love

John 13:34

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

2 John 1:6

And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

Share the Good News

Mark 16:15

He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.

These two chapters of Jonah emphasise God's love for me, for His people. It further emphasises what an AWESOME and forgiving God He is. It emphasises that no matter how evil we are and what awful things we do He sees them, He knows them and He still loves us and forgives us. It also emphasises that there is No other love like His. It emphasises that every day, every moment I/we must glorify, honour, praise and thank Him. He is all powerful and without Him we are nothing.

It also emphasises that we must evangelise and pray for others and not just pray once, but pray without ceasing. If we all pray, He will hear and not harden the hearts of those who truly need Him. We are all here for a purpose to serve God so let us all get on with it. It is hard work but if we ask Him for help He will give it to us. Trust me we need Him. Let us keep in HIs Word, the Bread of Life.

This scripture makes me think about we are supposed to forgive others and God will judge them. How often do we only forgive someone because we believe God will give them what they deserve. How apt are we forgive someone if God doesn't do anything to them for what they have done? For example, let's say someone brutally murders your child. Can you forgive them if you knew God wasn't going to judge them for it?

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