You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. John 15:16 (NIV)
Have you ever heard anyone use the phrase “I found God?” Practically speaking, it’s impossible to find Him because He already chose you. As a matter of fact, God chose you before you were even born.
For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. Romans 8:29 (NLT)
If God chose you in advance it means He knew about all of your flaws in advance, but still chose to love you despite your imperfections and the future mistakes that you would make. This shows the depth of God’s love for us!
The verse above in the book of Romans also mentions that we were chosen to become like His Son (Jesus). So, if Jesus loves us despite our imperfections, shouldn’t we love other people despite their imperfections? How patient are you when other people make mistakes? This is not a statement to suggest that we should condone sin, but rather a statement to highlight that we should have the same patience for others that Christ has for us.
Action: How patient are you with people in your own household? Are you easily frustrated with their imperfections, but expect Christ to be forgiving and patient with your imperfections? What can you do starting today to become more patient with your family?