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When God's Love Annoys Us

Jonah 4:2: He prayed to the LORD, 'Isn't this what I said, LORD, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity'" (NIV).

My family and I were discussing the story of Jonah last night. As we discussed the story, we noticed how much hatred Jonah had towards the people of Nineveh. By nature, Jonah had every right to feel the way he did. The Ninevites had been repulsively brutal in the treatment of the Jewish people. The Ninevites were a ruthless people whom showed no mercy on and had no respect for human life. There are stories from history that describe how the soldiers of Nineveh stacked the decapitated heads of their victims' corpses in shapes of pyramids as a symbol of victory to themselves and as a message to their enemies. There are incidents where the skins of human flesh were peeled off as a t…