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.
Colossians 3:12-13 (NIV)
You are chosen by God. What an amazing thought. The Almighty, The Creator of the Universe, The Father of Abraham has chosen you.
What has He chosen you for?
To be full of “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience”. In short, to extend mercy to one another as one more seed planted in faith that the unity Jesus prayed for will germinate.
It’s interesting that the “you” implied here is not singular, but plural. Many people lead to the need for much mercy if we are going to be able to live in unity like Jesus and the Father lived in unity.
We will never see the likes of the unity Jesus prayed for if we don’t become very merciful people – always extending mercy to each other, forgiving each other as Jesus forgave us. It’s what God chose you for.
Lord, let this reader and I be “All for One”, and remind us frequently that we have been chosen by You for a very high calling – to extend mercy to one another.
This is the first in the “Extend Mercy” series of blog posts.