Therefore, as God’s choice, holy and loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Be tolerant with each other and, if someone has a complaint against anyone, forgive each other. As the Lord forgave you, so also forgive each other. And over all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.
Colossians 3: 12-14
God Chose You!
Sure, God could have passed you by. He could have decided that you had too many issues, too much ego, too many sins to deal with. He could have thought you were just too much trouble. He could have. But he didn’t.
In fact, he looked at you with the eyes of compassion and thought how wonderful it would be if you could see yourself as the whole and beautiful person he sees when he looks at you. He thought about your willingness to be tender at just the right moments and your ability to tolerate those who aren’t quite like you. He saw you in a way that raised you up above the turmoil and the mess that life can be and he determined that everything about you was good. He chose you.
He forgave you those things that you keep buried inside, hardly able to forgive yourself. He forgave you the little sins of omission, the little promises you made to him, but didn’t keep. He forgave you the sins of commission that he knows you learned from and needed help with afterwards. He forgave you for so many things. He wants you to understand the power of forgiveness and the reason why you must forgive others who have offended you. He did all of that for you because he chose you.
Today, He wants you to go out and walk in love, share your heart and do whatever you can to bring peace and kindness to just one other person. You have been forgiven, loved, and entrusted with this one job. You have been chosen. Show him what you’re doing with his unending love for you. Make him proud!
Excerpt from Wellspring by Karen Moore