1 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.
First we are reminded that God lavished His love on us. Lavish is defined as: 1. prolific, abundant, or profuse 2. generous; unstinting; liberal 3. extravagant; prodigal; wasteful. God generously, abudantly, liberally, extravagantly loved us. He loved us so much that we next are reminded that He even called us His children when we didn’t deserve it. Lastly we are encouraged when we are told that we will be like Him. How marvelous and wonderful is that. No longer to be in this sin ridden body and lifestyle full of imperfections, but to be the perfect children of God that are like Him. It is not just a possibility. It is definite. We will be like Him. What a great set of encouragements to think on.