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 (Jonah 5:10).
They didn’t deserve it.
Mercy, I mean.
A little sackcloth and a few skipped meals hardly make up for generations of wickedness.
And yet, that is the very nature of mercy. God was willing to see beyond their sin, to look at hearts that, however briefly, recognized their evil and turned to him.
He sent Jonah because he wanted to forgive the Ninevites. He was looking for a reason. I don’t know why he would want to forgive them.
But then, I don’t know why he would want to forgive me.
And forgiving me cost him ever so much more than forgiving the city of Nineveh.
You know what I mean, Beloved?
Yes, you do.