If you’ve ever served people in obedience to the Lord, then you understand there’s an ebb and flow to the love of God that we feel for the people as we serve. Sometimes serving is our greatest joy and at other times it’s a labor of love at best. As we serve, there’s a danger zone we must learn to guard against. The danger is this. We can love God and develop a disdain for people. Jonah, through God’s coercion, found himself obeying the command of the Lord with his actions but not with his heart. This is unacceptable to the Lord. The Lord expects us to obey as his command to serve others with an attitude that is saturated in his love. If we ever find ourself in a place mentally, emotionally and spiritually where we love God and dislike people, then we must repent. Let’s pray this prayer to stir up our love for other people.
Father, as I serve You never let me lose my heart for people. Jonah was one of the most powerful evangelists in the Bible, but he didn’t have a love for the people You loved. Lord, I tremble at Your word. Give me Your heart of love and compassion for the people You love. If these people are my enemies, then let me love them like Jesus loved his enemies. Fill me with Your love in Jesus name, amen.
But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. 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. Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.” But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?”
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