Like I said, I will be making posts for each of those encouragements. Well, here is the first one!
1 Thessalonians 1:4 says "For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you." He has chose you to be on this Earth. He has chosen you to be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle, and patient. God has chosen each and everyone of us to be his "treasured possession." The eternal, all powerful God wants YOU to be his treasured possession. Actually, scratch that. He doesn't WANT you to be it: You ARE it. God chooses you. He chooses us to bear His fruit, love one another, and love Him. He will be your King whether you choose it or not, but He wants you to choose Him so that you may be saved. We have to choose to worship Him.
Although God has already chosen to be your king and love you, have you chosen to love and worship Him? There are two kings: God and Satan. You are worshipping one of them. You choose one. "God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all." You are either loving the light or hating it. You are either with it or against it. Who are you loving? Who are you with? If you have chosen Satan in the past, that is okay! God wants us to turn from darkness to light! He loves us no matter what! Romans 5:8 tells us that "while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Also 2 Corinthians 5:21: "For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God." Wow. God really loves us. He really wants us to choose Him. He chose us to send His son to die for so that we may turn from darkness. Wow.
Sorry guys! That kind of took an intense turn, but this was on my heart to share. If any of these words were not of God then have them fall on deaf ears. Anyway, what I said is what really convinced me to choose to be baptized this year. You either love Him or you don't. That simple fact is what convinced me to be baptized. I had never really heard it that way before. He has chosen you. Now all you have to do is choose Him.
You are Beautiful.
1 Thessalonians 1:4
2 Thessalonians 2:14
1 John 1:5
2 Corinthians 6:14
2 Corinthians 5:21