I. Love unlovely: God accomplishes His will . . . sometimes this is not what we as selfish humans desire, (Jonah 1:1, Jonah 4:2).
He did not give Jonah an option. It is easy to love those who love us. The Assyrians (whose Nineveh was an important city of the Assyrian empire). Nahum 2:11-12; Nahum 3:19 tells of the cruelty of Nineveh and the Assyrian Empire. Oh, it takes Christian maturity to love those who hate us, despise us, blow up our buildings. We need to pray for them (the terrorists). When I first heard the news of 9-11 I was filled with anger and rage. I was filled with hate towards those people. But, instead I must be filled with love . . . love them. Jesus says to love your enemies . . . .use some Scriptures.
A. You love them because God tells you to love them, (Matthew 5:43-48).
B. Sometimes you can win them over, (David).
C. It is a growing experience for you and one for those around you.
II. You can run, but you cannot hide, (Jonah 1:3).
He went as far to the West as he could. He thought he could get away from God, (Psalm 139:8-12).
Some of you are running from God, (Hebrews 10:24-25).
III. Obedience is costly, but disobedience is more costly, (Jonah 1:4-17).
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B. Jonah’s disobedience was costly, (Jonah 1:4-5, Jonah 1:15-17).
IV. God often gives second chances, (Jonah 2:9, Jonah 3:10).
Moses – murderer
Abraham started great but blew it in Egypt.
David dropped the ball with Bathsheba.
Peter denied Christ.
Paul began by persecuting Christians.
John Mark went home.
I look at my life, and thank God that He gives me second chances. Thanks be to God!
God receives all the glory in our obedience . . . He invites you to join Him for a purpose.
God used Jonah to call 120,000 to repentance.