“So, as those who have been chosen of God,”
That’s us, we who believe. We have been chosen. God said , “I pick you.” Now that we know, listen carefully to what the apostle Paul says.
“holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.” (Colossians 3:12-13NASB)
He picked us, and we are now called “holy and beloved.” We are told to “put on a heart” that’s new. That’s God’s apostle telling us there is something we have to do. It is up to us to exercise our new nature by expressing God’s grace.
“Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.” (verse 14) Something else is added to our heart of grace. “Put on love.” Another conscious act of our will. When grace and love are exercised there is unity in the Spirit. So let us, who have been chosen by God, do these things.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Verse 15-16) Seems like the most reasonable things to do considering the fact that we have been chosen to be the light of this world.
“Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” (Colossians 3:17NASB)