For many are called (invited and summoned), but few are chosen (Matthew 22:14).
If you belonged to the world, the world would treat you with affection and would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world (no longer one with it), but God has chosen (selected) you out of the world, the world hates you (John 15:19). You have not chosen God, He has chosen you and He has appointed you (He has planted you), that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting, so that whatever you ask the Father in Jesus' Name, He may give it to you (John 15:16).
In His love, He chose you (actually picked you out for Himself as His own) in Christ before the foundation of the world, that you should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love. For He foreordained you (destined you, planned in love for you) to be adopted, revealed as His own children through Jesus Christ in accordance with the purpose of His will because it pleased Him and was His kind intent (Ephesians 1:4,5).
You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, God's own purchased, special people that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light (I Peter 2:9). Clothe yourself therefore, as God's own chosen one (His own picked representative), who are purified and holy and well-beloved by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourself, gentle ways, patience which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes with good temper.
Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference against another, readily pardon each other, even as the Lord has freely forgiven you, so must you also forgive. And, above all these put on love (Colossians 3:12-14a). And whatever you do no matter what it is in word or deed, do everything in the Name of the Lord Jesus and in dependence upon His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him (Colossians 3:17).
Blessed is the man whom You choose and cause to come near,
that he may dwell in Your courts!
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house,
Your holy temple! (Psalm 65:4)
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