Today while unpacking my verse these two words jumped out at me; Implicit Insignia.
I started thinking of these words as almost like a tattoo. Many people will wear or cover themselves in symbols, or emblems to display they are part of a group of organization. Some biker gangs use tattoos of tear drops or a skull and crossbones to signify certain things but I don’t think those mean good stuff.
What about the most common. The millions of people that have the fish or a cross or the word Jesus tattooed.
Those insignia’s aka tattoos, would imply they are Christian’s. But by some of their actions, words, or choices, would it be plainly expressed?
Some simply could just be insignia bearers. Not Implicit Insignia bearers.
Jesus doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. I want to be the 2nd definition of implicit- no qualification or question, absolute – no chance of not being plainly expressed. I want to be an implicit Jesus follower.
What the verses refer to is love. When we love like Jesus. When we obey the command to love God and others as ourselves, the darkness in our lives will disappear and the new light of life in Christ shines in and ultimately is reflected out.
I won’t be rushing out for a tattoo, they just are not for me, but in my unpacking and thinking of this whole implicit insignia thing like tattoos, I wondered…..
How awesome would it be that without the big cost or pain or time fading ink or the risk of infections, we all could have an implicit insignia representing Who we have inside of us and showing others that we belong to an organization of people that are really loving God and others well.
Lord, help me be known by my fruit. Help me to Obey Your command to love. May my love for You be so deep and wide and long that it overflows to others and is not simply implied, but is absolute without question pointing others to You. Help me to love others well and may my life represent You well in all my words and actions. Your love is never weak or compromising, it is the insignia of emotional strength. Help my love to be that too Lord. Help me to always display an implicit insignia of belonging to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen
~XXOO Michelle Bollom
Dear friends, I’m not writing anything new here. This is the oldest commandment in the book, and you’ve known it from day one. It’s always been implicit in the Message you’ve heard. On the other hand, perhaps it is new, freshly minted as it is in both Christ and you—the darkness on its way out and the True Light already blazing!~ 1 John 2:7-8 MSG
1. implied though not plainly expressed
2. with no qualification or question; absolute.
Yet it is always new, and works for you just as it did for Christ; and as we obey this commandment, to love one another, the darkness in our lives disappears and the new light of life in Christ shines in.~ 1 John 2:8 TLB
Light and darkness cannot exist in the same heart. Notice the absence of love will keep us in the dark and prove a severe hindrance to progress in our recovery. Love is never weak or compromising; it is the insignia of emotional strength. The love God gives us provides the energy to approach those we have harmed and to make amends when possible. ~Life Recovery Bible
1. a badge or distinguishing mark of honor;military rank, office, or membership of an organization; an official emblem.