A user (jesusjnr2020) on popular Nigerian forum, Nairaland has shared some Bible lessons he believes Christians can learn from the king of Nineveh.
It was the king of Nineveh, a heathen nation, whose exemplary leadership and wise decisions ultimately saved the lives of his people and the great City from going into extinction. Jonah 3:5-10
These are the six important lessons I was able to draw from his exemplary leadership.
1. He was a selfless and humble leader.
2 He led by example.
3. He never gave up.
4. He believed God’s Word.
5. He knew the importance of fasting.
6. He also knew how much true repentance and righteousness meant to God. He knew that it was the only thing that could move God to possibly turn away from His fierce anger, and reverse His pronounced judgment upon his people because of their wickedness.
Jonah 1:1-2 (KJV)
Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.
Jonah 3:1-4 (KJV)
And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying,
Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.
So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey.
And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
Jonah 3:5-9 (KJV)
So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:
But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
Jonah 3:10 (KJV)
And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
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