Mercy Reigns

Compassion is the Guiding Force of the universe.

(Listen to my song “Mercy Reigns” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Jonah 4:1-2

Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry that God did not carry out the evil he threatened against Nineveh.

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The Jonah story gives us a great lesson on how humans like to project their own anger onto God.

Jonah finally did call out the people of Nineveh to change their evil ways as God had instructed him…but he wasn’t so happy when they actually did repent.

He preferred that God would punish them for what they had done.

That was only fair in his eyes.

God’s reply to Jonah: “Should I not be concerned over the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot know their right hand from their left, not to mention all the animals?” (Jonah 4:11).

God was demonstrating restorative justice…instead of retributive.

In reality…most of the bible shows us a progression of humanity’s trying to understand who God is.

The truth is: God is love (1 John 4:8).

God had always been loving and forgiving…but humans were not.

Humans were vengeful and so they wanted God to be as well.

Our consciousness was evolving and becoming more aware of the Love that was being poured out unconditionally in all of creation.

Jesus gave us the final word on what God is like.

He said, “If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on, you do know him and have seen him” (John 14:7).

Jesus’ mission was to heal, free the oppressed and to extend mercy to those in need.

We are called to this mission as well.

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Listen to the song of the day “Mercy Reigns” on the Mercy Reigns album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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