When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened. But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. Jonah 3:10-4:1
Selfishness is not a trait that we have to learn. As a child, the word ‘mine’ usually comes right after learning the word ‘no’. But selfishness doesn’t end with childhood. In fact, our selfishness tends to grow with us.
You and a coworker are up for the same promotion. You’ve worked there longer and have a squeaky clean record. Your competition, however, had a shaky start and hasn’t been there long. You think you have it in the bag. But then they get the promotion. What is your response?
We know in our heads that God provides mercy to his children. We give thanks and celebrate God’s grace when we are the recipient. But what happens when the Lord’s compassion is given to others?
If you are faced with a situation where you feel selfishness welling up, remember that God may have a different plan in mind. And his plan includes forgiveness and compassion – for all of his children. Don’t become displeased and angry. Instead, thank God for his grace and mercy and forgiveness toward you. And do what you can to extend that to others.
Dear God, please forgive me for the times I have been too selfish to share in the joy of someone else’s success. Help me to trust in your plan for my life, and the lives of others. Help me to show the same compassion to them that you show to all of us. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
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