Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not – 1 John 3:1
The word, “bestowed” in our opening verse above actually means, “lavished.” Therefore, putting it rightly, it should read, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath lavished upon us….” This is the sense in which God has loved us—with an everlasting love; love without limits.
Think about it: we who shouldn’t have been known of God, who shouldn’t have ever come close to God, are now, as a result of the superabundant love He’s lavished upon us, accepted of Him. We’re now called the sons of God. This is an amazing reality. Let’s read 1 John 3:2: “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”
Notice it’s not talking about us becoming the sons of God when we get to heaven; it’s not futuristic; we’re sons of God NOW! However, in our outward appearance, we may not look so, but for sure, when He comes, we shall be like Him in appearance. But already, as He is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17). As He is loved of God, so are we. The Father loves you as much as He loves Jesus (John 17:23).
You’re secured in the Father’s love; take advantage of His everlasting love for you. He loves you as though you were the only one on earth! Not only is His love for you without limits, it’s also unconditional. The Bible says, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10). So, clearly, He demonstrated His boundless love for us, even while we were yet in sin (Romans 5:8). Have faith in that love, for it’s been poured out abundantly for you.
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Dear Father, I thank you for lavishly pouring out your love upon me and giving me all things that pertain unto life and godliness. I can boldly declare that I’ve been accepted in the beloved, and blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: Romans 5:5; Romans 5:8