The writer (which John and when is a controverted issue!) asks us to call to mind the love of God. Always a good thing to do.
Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us, by letting us be called God’s children; and that is what we are. Because the world refused to acknowledge him, therefore it does not acknowledge us.
My dear people, we are already the children of God but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed; all we know is, that when it is revealed we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is. Surely everyone who entertains this hope must purify himself, must try to be as pure as Christ.
1 John 3:1-3
Our deepest, most fundamental identity is that we are God’s children. Our relationship with him began even before we knew ourselves (if we do indeed, even yet, know ourselves).
Our journey is towards a deeper knowledge and love of God and in that journey to also better find and know ourselves. Up-hill or down-dale, what a journey to be on.
- Give thanks to God.
La Verna, Mountain retreat of St Francis. (c) 2014, Allen Morris