“See what great 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.”
1 John 3:1
We are currently and actively the recipients of a lavished love – both great and fatherly. We know and treat others as children lavished when we are knowing and focused on God. When we don’t know God, we don’t know his children.
“I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.”
1 John 2:21
John writes to reinforce Christians effected by division amongst their fellowship. Encouragingly, he reminds them that they are equipped with truth of which there is no falsehood.