28th October 2013

A Tweet Full of Grace 

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people…”
1 Timothy 2:5-6 (NIV) 

In a recent Day By Day, I referred to the social media website Twitter and how it is like all of humanity’s endeavours. If you go looking for it, you can find a nasty and vicious side. Yet, many also use Twitter to spread goodness, righteousness and truth. 

One such “righteous moment” occurred recently. I was having a bad day. A senior manager at work had turned my whole working day on its head; everything else had to be put on hold while their agenda was given priority. They didn’t seem at all sympathetic towards the problems this was causing me.  So, to put it mildly, I wasn’t in the best frame of mind that day. Also, I wasn’t feeling very charitable towards the senior manager. 

Fed up, I looked at Twitter and read a quote from Rick Shallenberger, a pastor of Grace Communion International in the USA.  The Tweet read: “The person you are thinking about today is God’s beloved child. Take a moment and thank God for that person.” All of the bad thoughts about the day came to a crashing halt in my mind. Of course, Rick was right. As much as I thought that I had been badly treated, this senior manager is God’s beloved child. They just don’t know it yet. 

I had no choice—I knew that I should pray. Interestingly, the day’s woes seemed to disappear after I gave thanks for this individual. Of course, I didn’t give thanks for the trouble they caused, but I considered the good traits of this person’s character and skills. 

“I urge, then, first of all that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1-4). 

Rick Shallenberger’s tweet was quite incredible! I was reminded of just how loving and gracious God is to all of us, and how we all have the opportunity to grow more like our Father every day. 

Father, we give thanks for all of our leaders, whether they lead our country, our workplaces or our local communities. Thank you that they, like us, are your beloved children. For those that do not know you, we ask that you will illuminate their heart with understanding of what Jesus has done for them.  In our Lord’s name we ask for your wisdom to be gracefully given to all these leaders.

Study by Ian Woodley


ianwoodleyAbout the Author:
Ian Woodley pastors the Nottingham Grace Communion Church, that meets at 2pm Saturday, as below.  Ian also facilitates a monthly Bible Study in Lincoln, which generally meets on a Saturday at 1:30pm.  They welcome visitors to join them—for more details contact Ian Woodley as below.

Local Congregation: 
Nottingham Grace Communion
Lucy Brown Hall
Attenborough Lane

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Ian Woodley
Email:  icgwoodley@gmail.com

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