I watched my daughter, Elizabeth, mark our home this week. She hung a green "R" outside. Obviously, that's for "Richardson".
I really like what she did!
Is there a mark for a Christian? In other words, is there a sign in a person's life that indicates he or she belongs to Jesus? Actually, yes, there is.
In John 13:35, Jesus states, "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." Just as the "R" signifies this home is for Richardson's, love signifies our hearts are for Jesus. Treating one another favorably proves our connection with Him.
This love that Jesus is talking about is a pure, unconditional, patient, kind, selfless, forgiving kind of love. In other words, it's a special gift that only comes from above. Jesus helps us love people in a way that we could never love on our own.
When people look at our lives, what do they see? Hopefully they see love. Us caring genuinely about one another. When they witness this in you and me, they can know pretty confidently that we belong to Jesus. And they may even want to experience a personal connection with Him too!