See notes below on understanding chosen.

3:12 So. In view of what God has done through Jesus Christ for the believer, Paul described the behavior and attitude God expects in response (vv. 12–17). chosen of God. This designates true Christians as those who have been chosen by God. No one is converted solely by his own choice, but only in response to God’s effectual, free, uninfluenced, and sovereign grace (see notes on Jn 15:16; Ro 8:29; 9:14–23; Eph 1:4; 2Th 2:13, 14; 2Ti 1:8, 9; 1Pe 1:1, 2; cf. Ac 13:46–48; Ro 11:4, 5). beloved. Election means believers are the objects of God’s incomprehensible special love (cf. Jn 13:1; Eph 1:4, 5). put on. See note on vv. 9, 10. heart of compassion. It is a Hebraism that connotes the internal organs of the human body as used figuratively to describe the seat of the emotions (cf. Mt 9:36; Lk 6:36; Jas 5:11).

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