This is one of the most incredible verses in the Bible..."The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time." (Jonah 3:1 NRSV)
To me, very few verses come close to this one in meaning and application. It speaks of God's grace & mercy in terms I understand...
God gives second chances.
I don't know where I'd be or who I'd be if it wasn't for the "second chances" God has given me. My past is full of situations where God's grace & mercy was the only thing that allowed me to survive. So many times when I knew what God wanted me to do, but instead I chose my own way. And in the midst of my disobedience, God gave me a second chance.
I'm so thankful God isn't zero-tolerant.