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.
This is my command: Love each other.
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.
As it is, you do not belong to the world,
but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
“But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking, no chances.
A secret Master of the Ceremonies has been at work.
Christ, who said to the disciples “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,”
can truly say to every group of Christian friends
“You have not chosen one another but I…
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