THE STEADFAST LOVE OF THE LORD NEVER CEASES CEASES
????Jonah 1:1-17, 2:1, 10; Jonah 2:2, 3, 4, 5, 7 (R.v.6d); Luke 10:25-37
It is a brand new week, and God has given us a message of hope to begin with as he normally does. He reminds us that his mercy is boundless and invites us to be messengers of that mercy without any hesitation.
The stories in the book of Jonah, Chapters 1 and 2 explains well what the prophet Ezekiel meant when he said that God does not want the death of a sinner but that he might repent and live (cf. Ezek 33:11). He sent Jonah to go and preach to the Ninevites so that they might repent and live. That is a mark of God’s mercy. And he wants Jonah to be his ambassador of mercy, but he resisted.
Am I in anyway like Jonah? Do I always complain when I am sent to difficult places to work? Do I play God and object to the repentance of a sinner on God’s behalf?
We commit sin against mercy when we refuse to be ambassadors of mercy. Thank God that Jonah finally realized his mistakes and again received the mercy of God (cf. Jon 2:10).
The story of the good Samaritan further gives us a practical way to be ambassadors of mercy – show God’s love to all irrespective of their status in life.
May God help us to be good and true ambassadors of God’s mercy in the face of our merciless world. And may you experience the transforming mercy of God in all your endeavours this week and beyond. Amen.
Have a lovely new working week endowed with God’s mercy. Peace be with you.