“For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us” (1 Thessalonians 5:9, NLT).

When some people hear Christians talk about being the chosen of God, they feel a little uneasy and might even get defensive. The word chosen makes Christianity seem like an exclusive group or an organization with secret passwords and handshakes, accessible only to a few. Unfortunately, some churches perpetuate that impression.

Being chosen by God means chosen to be saved and as we know, Jesus came to save the whole world. The only secret being kept by mainstream Christianity is how much God loves everyone and what grace really means. Both are unconditional, generously given by the One who died to make all people free, and openly available to everyone. There could be one more secret that needs to get out—just how easy it is to receive God’s love and forgiveness. All anyone has to say is yes!

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