- Posted by Edith Ohaja
- On January 17, 2017
- 101 Comments
This article is a follow-up to my last post: Grace and the Golden Rule. In it, I explained the meaning of grace which I am further elucidating here. Grace was seen not only as unmerited favour but considerate speech and action. Although I have many testimonies of grace from my dealings with people on and offline, I have chosen my experiences on one medium for illustration.
Shortly after I started using my blog regularly in February 2016, I learnt that I need to get the posts out via social media. I was already on Facebook but sought another channel, so I went to Google Plus. It took me a while to understand how to navigate and fit in there. I would get notifications that So-and-so have added me to their circles but I didn’t know what it meant.
Gradually, I learnt that fellowship on Google Plus is mostly via communities, so I joined many as I received the invitations and sent in requests. I love participating in what I join but I had a serious constraint: time. I work full-time while blogging to share the gospel and encourage people. My responsibilities on my job and at home were growing as my social media engagement was growing. And Google Crawler or whatever it is called was dumping my posts as spam except I used a tediously long process of direct posting before adding the links in communities.
Then I learnt how to share my posts privately. It was a prayer answered. I could send my posts directly to brethren and they would get notifications I’d shared something with them. But I was concerned that these brethren, some of who were owners and active participants in the communities I belonged to, would be angry with me because I was mostly interacting outside the confines of the communities. Also, I was worried about people feeling bothered by my private sharing. I would be the last person to do something that I know might get on someone’s nerves.Grace, like love, is kind and accommodating. #quote See #blog. Click To Tweet
Here’s where the testimony comes in. The brethren on Google Plus have been so accommodating and so kind to me regardless of my inability to meet up with showing up in the communities.The fellowship of believers over there is so warm that I have made some very special friends there in these past months.
I call people “beloved” whom I’ve never met before because of the affinity I feel with them in Christ and they return the gesture. When we disagree, the connection remains unbroken because what we share in Christ is greater than our doctrinal differences. We often hear of people blocking others online for daring to state opinions on a matter, which happen to be contrary to theirs.
There is so much stuff to read online and people sometimes feel harassed by notifications. I try to share mostly a few times a week to give my receivers space and many actually read these posts. I too receive loads of notifications and I endeavour to check them out as soon as I can. Naturally, there may be some who sometimes may not have the time or disposition to read as they have a lot on their hands. But you know what, whatever the case, a lot of the brethren respond in one form or the other (liking, commenting and sharing). I see support and loyalty that only our bond in Christ can explain.
This is the testimony of grace that I am sharing. I have presented it in general terms but I want to use my relationship with a particular sister, Pamela Johnson (pen name Beaute’ Naturelle), to typify what I’m talking about. (There are many others I could have used but the article would be unwieldy.) Beaute’ and I had a misunderstanding in my early days on Google Plus.
Here’s what happened: I was looking for contributors to my blog. I had created a Category called “Guest Posts” and saw some lovely posts on her Engaging the Word page. I was particularly interested in one where she said believers were using God as a vending machine. I contacted her and left my email address.
After a few exchanges, I asked her to tell me plainly if she wanted me to use her work as a guest post or not, that I felt she may not be interested but was just giving me the runaround. She apologised and said I’d misunderstood her attempts to get to know me better. I apologised for jumping to the wrong conclusion. I so respect her for that. She could have told me to get lost. She could have felt after all, she didn’t know me from Adam and didn’t owe me anything. But she checked the work for errors and sent it to me via email.Grace quells misunderstandings by helping us to humbly apologise. Click To Tweet
Where grace is lacking, the matter may have escalated but the Spirit of God took control. Now, she is one of my closest friends on Google Plus and has authored two very popular guest posts for me as listed below:
When God Says “No”
Of Looks and Love
We need to imbibe grace if we are to show the meekness of Christ and live peacefully with others in this strife-torn world. I thank God for bringing me into fellowship with my brethren on Google Plus and elsewhere through whom He is teaching me how to exhibit grace everyday. I pray that He surrounds you with precious folks like these as we continue the journey of taith in Jesus’ name.
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