From Jonah 4
If we recognize the depth of God’s mercy that has come upon us it will create within us a desire to see his mercy come to all.
Questions for group discussion or personal reflection:
1. Share one of your pet peeves. What irritates you more than it should?
2. Jonah was angry over God’s compassion toward Ninevah, If you were Jonah’s friend what would you say to guide and care for him in this moment?
3. What are some of the things going on right now in your life or our world that make you justly angry?
4. Jonah was angry because this situation “seemed wrong” to him. How can we tell if something just seems wrong or is actually wrong?
5. What is behind a desire to prefer justice over repentance? Why is this attitude so prevalent right now in society?
6. How do you think the world would respond if Christians became known as people who sought repentance and restoration first when confronted with injustice?
7. How does the parable in Luke 18 connect to Jonah and how Jesus might have interacted with him?
8. How might we guard against self-righteousness?
9. What are some of the challenges we encounter when we seek to love our enemies?
10. As we’ve gone through the book of Jonah, what’s something that has impact or challenged you?