God was free to love you — or free to loathe you.
He was free to choose you — or free to reject you.
Fellow-sinner, if God says, "I have chosen you," He says it to encourage you; to strengthen you; to sanctify you; that you may rest upon the everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure, that you may look away from self, and see that salvation is altogether of the Lord.
Here is your foundation; here your hope; here your safety — you were "chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world!"
This is to humble you — as well as to exalt you.
This is to make you weep — as well as cause you to rejoice.
You are vile in yourself — but chosen to indescribable honor!
You are poor in yourself — but chosen to unspeakable riches!
You are naked in yourself — but chosen to eternal glory!
Child of God, never lose your hold of this precious truth. God has revealed it, that you might delight in it. Let this be the brightest jewel in your crown, this the sweetest cordial to your heart, that God says to you, "Fear not, I have chosen you!"