Our Lord is ever Merciful, Loving, Gracious and Forgiving. We’re reminded although all have sinned and fall short of God’s Glory, His free gift is Eternal Life, given to us through our acceptance of Jesus Christ, in our lives as our Personal Lord and Saviour.
We’re also reminded that when we confess our sins He is faithful and Just to forgive us our sins (see 1Jn 1:9). Should we say we are without sin we make God a liar and His Truth is not in us.(see 1Jn 1:10)
Sometimes like Jonah, we may become angry with God, when He decides to show mercy toward those who have committed sin and iniquities against us.
There is a cost and a price when we do not readily forgive them who sin against us.
The Lord tells us if we do not forgive those, who sinned against us, then neither is the Father able to forgive us.
Remember the parable of the unforgiving servant (Mt18:23-35). At this time Peter asked our Lord, about forgiveness, what should he do if his brother sinned against him.
Simon Peter wanted to know how often can he forgive his brother, who committed sin, iniquity against him. He thought that he would get away with seven times.
The Lord answered him saying no not seven times. Rather as much as up to seventy times seven!
When on Calvary, our Lord could of called down legions of angels, to destroy mankind.
Yet on the cross He cried out “Father Forgive them for they do not know that which they are doing.”
Grace to You
Our Lord is always Gracious, Merciful and Forgiving to all who call upon His Name. For when Nineveh repented; our Lord heard them. He readily forgave and restored them. We know our Lord is still the same today as He always has been.
He changes not! He is Faithful and True! He is not a man that He would lie! He fulfils His promises and makes all things new. Therefore when we call upon His Name, humble ourselves before His Face, repent on behalf of our nation and her peoples, confess our sin; He promises to hear us from Heaven and to heal our land.
When He heals our land, He shall also restore our nation and her peoples. We are aware when the righteous; come in power, then it would go well with their land, their nation. Scripture teaches us when righteous kings ruled Israel, it went well with her, the Lord blessed them and His Glory was manifest.
We see this in Jonah’s Nineveh also. When the king repented, Nineveh followed suite. We are called to rule, reign as kings and priests, e’en called to be a holy nation, a peculiar people, whom our Lord called out of darkness into His Marvelous Light (see 1 Pet 2:9-10 NKJ). Therefore we who are called by His Name, are able to stand in the gap for our nations.
2 First of all, I ask you to pray for everyone. Ask God to help and bless them all, and tell God how thankful you are for each of them. 2 Pray for kings and others in power, so that we may live quiet and peaceful lives as we worship and honor God. 3 This kind of prayer is good, and it pleases God our Savior.(1Tim 2:1-3 ).
Nineveh, o Nineveh
Now Jonah, had the opportunity; to intercede for Nineveh. Instead he lost his cool when his chance came to the fore. In so doing, he closed an open door, ended on the floor. Pisces transported, him from the deep ’til Nineveh’s shore
the Lord being willing; ready to reveal His Face,
the Lord willing to deliver them, from sin; set them at liberty. Jonah cried fourty days; then Nineveh becomes late, as she faces her fate! Repentant, she returns; comes back; God restoring her, when she cried out, falling flat
on their face; His Grace, Mercy, Forgiveness, Salvation embrace! Nineveh, her peoples, her nation’s restoration being proof of God’s Loving, caring, wilfully sparing preparing them for their fresh daily, renewal of fairing!
by Ian R Lottering
Stand in the Gap
Even now during these days, these times; we need to stand in the gap for our cities, our nations, our peoples. When the righteous come to power it goes well with that nation. Remember, Nineveh’s king; on hearing Jonah cry, called the whole city to repentance.
It is written: – When we who are called by His Name; humble ourselves and pray, seek His Face confess our sins, repent from our wicked ways (our sins); then our Lord shall hear from heaven; forgive our sins and heal our land (see 2 Chron 7:14).
Paul encourages us to regularly pray for all our leaders. These mean spiritual, political, business leaders, all for whom we need to pray and intercede.
When we intercede for our nation and her people, we are able to change the situation in our land. When we call on the Name of the Lord in times of trial, He shall hear from heaven, restore us, restore our nation.
Rees Howells, one of the greatest intercessors, in Church history, prayed, interceded, stood in the gap for the Allies, during the 2nd world war, received their victory, while on his knees. He had also at a time, prayed outside one village, the previous night. The next day revival broke out, in that vicinity.
During South African Church History, in Andrew Murray’s life, there had been some youth who prayed for the nation. While they prayed, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, and changed the whole area. This brought a revival among the youth, of his day.
Nineveh at that stage, had a spiritual awakening. Their decision led to God’s revoking, taking back; the sentence of judgement, which would have befallen them. Had they not repented, their judgement would’ve been imminent.
Because they repented: –
Father forgive them, for they no not what they do
Forgiveness…How do I let go and get a closer relationship with the Lord? (freelespokenword.com)