No matter what we think about a situation or how we feel about it, we should know that God is sovereign; that He is in control.
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. I Peter 5:7
Jonah and the city of Nineveh both found this to be true. When we submit to God’s will, we find our self in the presence of God’s compassion. Looking at our actions, confronting them and confessing to God brings about compassion from God and a removal of the impact from the negative situation.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9
Despite our actions, God loves us. He tells us this in his word:
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:17
Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. Joshua 1:7
Love is an affair of the heart and if we want an open flow of God’s love, we have to correct the unhealthy state of our heart.
When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Jonah 2:1-8
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. 2 Corinthians 7:10
Jonah concluded his prayer by acknowledging that Salvation is of the LORD. It is not our place, nor are we in position to judge whom God should have compassion on and whom He should not. God is full of compassion and mercy; not willing that any should suffer.
But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. Psalms 86:15