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Today's Text: Jonah 4:4

Text: Jonah 4:4

As you know, we believe that memorizing scripture is one of the best ways to carry the Word of our God with us wherever we go – to have God-breathed truth and instruction and reproof in our hearts and minds as we live unto Him each day.

For our Weekly Truth, we’ve chosen Jonah 4:4, God’s gentle response to Jonah’s prideful anger that God’s mercy spared even the Ninevites. Oh, how often I need to hear the Holy Spirit whisper the same question to my boastful heart! Let’s memorize it together.

And the Lord said, “Do you do well to be angry?”
Jonah 4:4, ESV

Write it down, repeat it, tape it to the mirror or the fridge or both. Save an image of this verse to your phone’s lockscreen, and ask God to write His words on your heart.

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  • S. Pipes

    Thanks for the recommendation to plaster my house. Having His words up around make me feel more prepared for when the anger may come. I can look at them & be reminded He offers me strength to hold my tongue & hope in writing a different story for this family in this generation!!!

  • What a great verse to memorize and internalize! Almost always, the words I spoke from anger were ones I had to regret later! Father, please help me to be still, especially when emotions are strong! Let the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to you! If I just remember to live this verse, I know you are my Defender, and maybe I need to learn to be still and know you are God, and NOTHING happens to me that You haven't allowed, for honoring you or for growing my character.

  • what a great verse! also, what cursive font did you use for the lockscreen image?

  • I needed this lesson in the worst way this weekend! Every time I read that verse “Do you do well to be angry?” it makes me think about how no good seems to come from anger. I know God gave us emotions; but I think all too often, we let them get the better of us. Thank you for this lesson.

  • This verse just amazes me at how loving, reasonable, and slow to anger the Lord really is. How often am I quick to anger? Quick to blow up, quick to get pouty? How quick am I also to believe that God must be the same way– quick to anger, holding grudges toward me, quick to be violent or wrathful in His demeanor towards me? God isn't like that at all! He's such a loving counselor, such a stabilizing, reasonable, calm Father. He is so just, so perfect, and so peace-seeking… Lord, thank you for being my voice of reason, love, peace and calm when I get so heated and worked up. You are oh so Good to show your daughters and sons how to live like you want them to. Continue to do this good work in us this week, Oh God.

  • Samantha B.

    What a great verse to memorize! Thank you for posting this. Praising the Lord for putting this on your hearts to share as the weekly truth.

  • Really like the scriptures as a screen saver. I can memorize it more easily.

  • Miranda Hall

    Thank you for this verse. It is not a one I would have thought to put to memory yet it is the verse I need to be reminded of far too often. Thankful for God's gentle reminder.

  • Thanks for the image- saved to my phone :) ironic that this verse is what I blogged about? The Lord is speaking loud and clear to me!

    • claire

      Same here! Already needed it today and am sure will at other times this week. ..

  • wisdom4wives

    I just picked up my phone for the first time since changing the lock screen. I love it! I'm looking forward to being encouraged and reminded by it this week.

  • Thank you so much for the lockscreen, such a practical way to work scripture memorisation into life.

    And the number of times already today I have seen it on my phone and stopped…. its going to be an anger-recognising week ahead! Amen!

  • Joanne Sher

    SO often my answer to this question is “no “- yet I do it anyway. Thank you for this reminder.

  • I love that God didn't condemn Jonah for being angry — He just asked him to stop and consider whether his anger was right. Is this truly something you should be angry about?

    • AnnaLee

      Amen! God didn't get just as angry at Jonah for Jonah's anger. He's so different from us, and sometimes we lose sight of the fact that the Lord does not think like we do… He isn't easily angered, he's slow to anger! he's reasonable, he's compassionate. Wow. Praise you, God.

  • Mrscoop62

    Good morning Thank you for that verse,very well needed to answer would be NO! I will be reminding myself of this daily, To start focusing on the goodness of the Lord and not my own prob,ems.Sometimes I can so easy give that advice to other's when I need to take it to my own heart. He's In control. So instead of flipping the switch to anger I will say this verse and give it t to him.
    Have a Blessed Sunday sister's …..

  • Thank you for choosing this verse today. It really jumped out at me as I was reading this book. May I listen and take to the depths of my heart His gentle repproach.

    • iamMrsL

      You're right, this verse is such a clear way of seeing He is so gentle and kind to us :-)

  • Indeed….DO I do well to be angry? Writing g it on my heart…..I was stopped at a conference a while ago by a stranger, who prayed over me…..'The joy of the Lord, is my strength….' holding on to that….the Lord's joy….

    Happy Sunday!!!!! Be amazingly Blessed today. X x x

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