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A Second Chance

18 Mar

Jonah 4:5-11 King James Version (KJV)

5 So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. 6 And the Lord God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. 7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. 8 And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live. 9 And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death. 10 Then said the Lord, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: 11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

In story of Jonah, God changed his heart towards Nineveh because they changed their ways and Jonah gets upset with God.  Now here is what stands out in the passage above.  Jonah has compassion on the gourd because it withered.  A gourd is a hard-shelled food and ornamental plants of the family Cucurbitaceae. Jonah did not create or labor for the gourd,yet he has compassion towards something that can not take credit for its begin.  God who created all things and made man in his image has pity on the 120,000 people who could not distinguish between right and wrong because they changed their way of thinking. With repentance comes a second chance.

God knew the people would change their hearts, but Jonah did not. Jonah just needed to be the willing and obedient vessel to bring the word of God to lost people of Nineveh. Just as God used Jonah, he will use you, myself and others to bring the word to the loss so that they can be saved.

For the people you see that are  heading in the wrong way, have compassion for them and give words of encouragement. Give them the word of God and as you have planted the seed, God will bring the increase, so that they will change their ways.

Repentance equals a second chance.

Be Blessed!

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Posted by on March 18, 2013 in Inspiration

 

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