God asked His people Israel to do certain things so that those around them would know that they were His. Jesus likewise told His followers what their identifying mark would be – that they love one another (John 13:35). In a time when tattoos and branding are so commonplace, I ask myself, have I marked myself as I ought? My mark isn’t on my skin, it’s in the way I interact with others – particularly fellow Christians. It’s a mark I need to put on every day, every hour, because of Who I belong to. Jesus bought me, (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and I want people to see that in my life.
What would the world think if we the church, the body of Christ, loved each other as we ought? Oh, to truly love – something we can’t do on our own. Praise God He equips us to do what He requires of us. Through His Spirit, we can love each other (Galatians 5:22-23).
What does that love look like? We are given a vivid picture in 1 Corinthians chapter thirteen. I have made an attempt at illustrating the first verse of that passage.