As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
The empty tomb of Easter reminds all of us the new life that God has offered us in Jesus Christ. In that new life, we are viewed as “God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved.”
I need to think about that description.
I have been “chosen” by God for a new and abundant life. God has called me by name.
In that selection, God has called me “holy.” Holy here means “set apart.” God had set me apart for some great work that God intends in my life and in the world.
And I am “beloved”. God loves me. That is why Christ came to live, teach, suffer, and die. “For God so loved the world …. And me.”
Thank You, God for the new life that I am enjoying even today. Help me to live each day in the love that You have shown me in Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, in whose name I pray. Amen.