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Dealing with God
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God’s grace is out of control, which is to say, we cannot control the grace of God. This has always been a problem, especially for religious people.
Jonah wanted some control over God’s grace. He wanted the people of Nineveh to get what he believed they had coming to them. THAT would be fair, Jonah believed.
Jonah was really upset and angry. So he prayed:
O Lord, I knew from the very beginning that you wouldn’t destroy Nineveh. That’s why I left my own country and headed for Spain. You are a kind and merciful God, and you are very patient. You always show love, and you don’t like to punish anyone, not even foreigners.
Now let me die! I’d be better off dead.
The Lord replied, “What right do you have to be angry?”
Jonah 4:1-4 CEV
God’s grace is not easy. It is certainly not cheap. God’s Grace is the most powerful force in the universe and we cannot control it. But having received that grace in our baptism, we are called to share it with others.
Whether we think they deserve it or not.
Questions to ponder or discuss:
If you were not with us on Sunday, have a listen to the message about the power of God’s grace which is always pushing outward to reach more people. This week, consider yourself on a mission to share that grace with someone. You can do it!
See you in church!