Though almost at the century mark, John continued to be known for his Christlike life and love. Not surprisingly, John developed the theme of love early in his letter.
He had seen love on display throughout the years of his Master's ministry, up to and beyond the night when John sat beside Jesus during the Last Supper. John vividly remembered and later recorded that “[Jesus] loved them to the end” (John 13:1). And so should we, Jesus' followers, love others.