Unforgiveness Produces Separation

Unforgiveness Produces Separation

Jonah 1:1-3
The word of the Lord came to Jonah, son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” 3 But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.

Why would Jonah run in the opposite direction that the Lord had called him to go? He hated Nineveh because of what they had done to his people. He knew that God was patient and forgiving and that he would give the Ninevites an opportunity to repent and be blessed. So, he ran from God because he was full of hate. Unforgiveness causes separation from God. Later, when there was a violent storm, Jonah was confronted by the sailors on the ship. They ask him to pray and repent to his God if he had done anything to bring God’s wrath on this motley crew.

Jonah 1:12
“Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”

Jonah was so angry at God that he would rather be killed, then repent of his sin against God and Ninevah. But because of the repentant hearts of the sailors, the crew is saved when God calms the waters after Jonah is thrown into the deep sea.
When a person is full of anger, hatred, and unforgiveness, they see themselves as victims, and their self-identity becomes one of self-hate. According to the CDC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2022 there were 1.6 million suicide attempts. How do we deal with the growing epidemic of self-hatred, brokenness and giving up?

Colossians 3:13
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

We are told to extend the same forgiveness that we receive from our Lord.

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through these scriptures?