One of the most infamous accounts in all of the Bible is that of a man named Jonah. Jonah is the guy who ran from God, was swallowed by a big fish and then was spit up on dry land. This story has been told for generations.
If you have not had the chance to actually read it for yourselves, do so. You can read all 4 chapters before most finish a single cup of coffee.
What is most interesting to me about this account, believe it or not, has nothing to do with the giant fish or the claim that Jonah lived in its belly for 3 days.
To me, the most interesting thing of all is the following verse: ‘So Jonah complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. ‘
You see, God told Jonah to go and preach to those that lived in Nineveh. Jonah ran from that command because he knew that if he preached to the people, God would move on their hearts and they would repent and turn back to God. Then God would forgive them and be merciful to them. Well, Jonah didn’t want that. Jonah didn’t love the people of Nineveh.
But God did!
What I love most about the book of Jonah is how it points out, to us all, the difference in our love and God’s love.
Our love has limits. Our Love has prejudices. Our live has strings attached. Our love has imperfections.
But not God’s love.
God’s love is limitless. It’s void of prejudice and has no strings attached.
God’s love is perfect.
Now, I am not under any delusion that my love or your love can ever be perfect in the same way that God’s love is perfect.
But…I do think it worth the attempt!
I think we should strive for that kind of love. I think we should seek to love, to the best of our abilities, the way God loves.
Today, love more. Love without limits. Love without prejudice and love with no strings attached.
Let’s do our absolute best, today, to love the way God loves.