During our second of three Sundays on Jonah, Rev. Campbell set the story of Jonah beside the story of the Prodigal Son to discuss the subject of anger. Both Jonah and the elder brother ended up being angry, even unreasonably angry, at the circumstances. Jonah was blindly angry over the forgiveness of God toward the people of Nineveh, and he couldn’t let it go. The elder brother was furious over the welcome his father gave the younger brother when he returned home in shame. Both believed they were righteous in their anger, and refused to find forgiveness and healing in their hearts. Have we ever been angry with God? God allows us to be angry, even furious for a time with whatever circumstances we find ourselves in, but God doesn’t expect us to stay angry indefinitely. Anger can distort our lives, and keeps us from moving on. God encourages us to let him bring forgiveness and healing into our lives; to put the anger behind us and to get on with our lives. We have a choice – we can either transform our anger or we can transmit our anger to others.
Based on Jonah 4:1-11 and Luke 15:11-32.