Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
As you skim through the list of songs below, you’ll notice songs from this verse from each era of Christian songwriting. One example is this late-1800s hymn by Daniel Warner (full lyrics and sheet music here):
Behold, what love, what boundless love The Father hath bestowed on us, That we should be the sons of God, And share His righteousness.
Behold, what love, behold, what love The Father hath bestowed, That we should be the sons of God, Through Jesus’ precious blood.
I John 3:2
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
This verse also supports a nice stylistic and chronological spectrum of songs, including a Booth Brothers song quoting the verse and a Sandi Patty song inspired by it:
Behold th’ amazing gift of love (I John 3:1-4) (1709) Isaac Watts | Popularized by Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1707-09) Lyrics | Sheet Music
Behold What Manner of Love (I John 3:1) (1978) Patricia Van Tine | Popularized by Maranatha Music Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon
Behold What Wondrous Grace (I John 3:1) (1709) Isaac Watts | Popularized by Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1707-09) Lyrics | Sheet Music