A Word from Steve
Jonah was angry because God relented on His claim to destroy Nineveh because they had repented. Jonah did not think it justice that his enemy, the enemy of Israel should receive grace and forgiveness for their sins. He wanted his enemies condemned. Many times we feel the same way, we want God to judge the people we don't agree with, while we enjoy his blessing. After all look at all of their sin! Right?
God deals with Jonah's heart by asking a question.
Is it right for you to be angry?
We can learn much from this question from God. The Bible tells us to love our enemies. We should love one another enough to care where their soul ends up.
When Jesus was being nailed to the cross he did not say God condemn them for this sin they have committed against me. Jesus said forgive them for they do not know what they do.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
All people deserve a chance to choose Salvation in Jesus Christ. He afforded you Grace, should not God spare your enemies who can not tell their right hand from their left!
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Forgive them! Love them!