This week’s passage is particularly encouraging ::
1John 3.1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
There is an aorist imperative at the beginning of the verse: ‘Look!’, ‘See!’
The force is that we need to take time to contemplate this love and allow its reality to sink down into the depths of our being. It is meant to take our breath away; to startle and amaze us so that we are left gasping, ‘What sort of love is this?’
The word John uses originally meant ‘of what country?’ It is something that expresses surprise in encountering something foreign, something we are not used to…and so is the Father’s love for us. (Peter Jackman, The Message of John’s Letters, p. 81)
Friends, may we bask in this take away our breath, startling, and amazing love that the Father has for us. A love that goes so far as to make us sons and daughters, heirs with Jesus himself.