Read Jonah 4:1-2 out loud with your family.
Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.
Q: Your sibling eats a bunch of junk food before dinner and is forgiven. You do the same thing and get grounded. Is that fair?
Parent Note: The people of Nineveh were disobedient, and Jonah thought they should be punished for their wickedness. Jonah had just experienced God’s mercy and grace for being disobedient. While Jonah’s disobedience may not have been quite as extensively wicked as that of the Ninevites, it was still disobedience. Jonah was thankful for God’s mercy when it was bestowed upon him, but he was angry with God for being merciful to the Ninevites. God is constant. He doesn’t change or bend the rules. No matter what, when we repent and ask for forgiveness, we are met with God’s mercy.
Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:
Dear God, thank You for showing Your mercy to me.
I know that there is nothing I could do to deserve all that You have done for me.
Help me to share with others the love and mercy that You have given me.
We ask these things in in Jesus' name, Amen.