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Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.        Colossians 3:12-14

beloved – dearly loved and chosen

Is this what you wake up each morning thinking about yourself? Or how about as you lay down to sleep at the end of the day? What if it were? I dare say that such truth, given the regular time and attention of your thoughts, would indeed transform your life from the inside out. That you are beloved –dearly loved and chosen by God – is the work of Holy Spirit in a person’s life. As Jesus said, the Holy Spirit will, “…teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26)

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent us His Son…”  (1 John 4:10)

Let me challenge you to linger in this powerful truth for the coming month. Daily as you get up in the morning and as you lay your head down each night, recite this truth:

“I am first-loved, chosen by God. I am fearfully and wonderfully made, His masterpiece, created to be loved by God” (cf. Psalm 139:13-14, Ephesians 2:10). 

Write these words on a few sticky notes and place on your bathroom mirror and on the refrigerator and above your computer screen. Speak them out loud to and over yourself – after all, faith comes by hearing (Romans 10:17). Such truth enlivens your soul, as the will and work of Holy Spirit enters your heart, renews your mind, and strengths your body.

But wait… there’s more.

The power of this truth regarding God’s love for you doesn’t stop with you. “For God so loved the world…” (John 3:16). Certainly you are part of the world – as is every other person on the planet. There is not one person you will encounter who is not dearly loved and chosen by God. Yes even the people under your roof, your co-workers, the people in line at the grocery store, the telemarketer… This passage is so familiar to us that the power and weight of it often hide in plain view. As Paul writes to the believers at Corinth, such love (His love for us and in us) compels us to love others and to such a degree that, we begin to see others as Christ sees them: new creations, reconciled to God, objects of God’s love and affection (2 Corinthians 5:14-21).

Beloved – be rooted and grounded in this truth… this is the first piece of being the body of Christ: dearly loved children, chosen by God, and sent to love others in His name.

Pastor Jon