When Jesus paved the way for salvation to be ours, He desired that none should perish but that "...all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).
Even centuries before His coming, God showed His love for everyone across the board, whether they were rich, poor, Jew or Gentile. Jonah didn't understand this.
What about you? Are there times you get angry because God sends His rain and sun on the just and the unjust (see Matthew 5:45)? Here is just a gentle reminder that THERE'S ENOUGH LOVE TO SHARE!
Jonah knew that God's love is encompassing and unconditional. "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" (Jonah 4:2, NIV). He knew all this yet he still didn't get it."But God is love, and love longs to forgive" (1). The Ninevites, though rebellious and godless, listened to God's message through Jonah and repented of their sins.
How many of us are sometimes 'selfish' with God's love? If we think we are better and less sinful than people who do not go to church then we have A LOT of introspection and repenting to do. God loves everyone the same. He doesn't favour one group over the other. Most of all, His aim is to save everyone!
May we join as willing co-labourers to work for the salvation of men and women in need of Christ. Most importantly, let's start now because Jesus is coming soon!
(1) CQ Lesson, p. 61