When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, He changed His mind and did not carry out the destruction He had threatened. This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry.
We all know the tale of Jonah and the whale. Running from God’s will, he was intercepted by a fish and put back on his designated journey, but that wasn’t the end of the story. Jonah missed the point of his mission. He went to Nineveh as the hammer of God, not the hand of God, reaching out with incomprehensible love not hateful condemnation. Jonah was rooting for their destruction rather than pleading for their reconciliation. Unbelievers won’t be convinced if we’re not compassionate. We won’t be forgiven if we don’t want to forgive. We can’t be righteous if we’re not respectful. God expects much more of us than unbelievers: more humility, more kindness and so much more love.