Compassion for our colleagues
Week beginning: 9th June, 2019 | By Mhairi Hamilton | Ashford
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. And he prayed to the LORD and said, "O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster."Jonah 4:1-2 (ESV)
Do we long for our colleagues and clients to come to know, and follow, Christ? What about those who perhaps irritate or frustrate us – a difficult boss, an obstructive opposing counsel, a demanding client – do we really believe they deserve the radical salvation of the gospel?
God sent the prophet Jonah to Nineveh to call them to repent but Jonah went in the opposite direction. The Ninevites were a fearsome people, known for their evil and wickedness. And yet God loved them and longed for them to turn to Him.
It would have been understandable if Jonah had felt scared. Do we let the fear of others, and their reactions, hinder our gospel witness?
However here we see another emotion: Jonah was angry. He didn't want to share God's word with the Ninevites in case they did repent and turn to God. He didn't think they deserved God's grace and salvation. In our hearts, do we sometimes make a similar call?
The good news of the gospel is that Jesus Christ died for the sins of each and every one of us – none of us deserve God's grace, and yet we all can enjoy this gift if we repent and choose to follow Him.
Ask God to give you a heart of compassion for your colleagues and clients this week and seek opportunities to show God's grace and to share the gospel.