But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people who are God’s own possession. You have become this people so that you may speak of the wonderful acts of the one who called you out of darkness into his amazing light. Once you weren’t a people, but now you are God’s people. Once you hadn’t received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Dear friends, since you are immigrants and strangers in the world, I urge that you avoid worldly desires that wage war against your lives. Live honorably among the unbelievers. Today, they defame you, as if you were doing evil. But in the day when God visits to judge they will glorify him, because they have observed your honorable deeds. (1 Peter 2:9-12, CEB)
We are God’s chosen people. A people set apart to share God’s love with the world.
We once didn’t belong but God has claimed us as God’s people and made us a people. We came from all different places and were all included by God because God created everything and gets to decide who is in and who is out. We don’t get to make that decision and if you think you do, please sit down and let God handle this.
Our divisions don’t mean a thing in God’s chosen people.
You are loved as you are and you are a part of God’s people.
Loving People. Loving God.