for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. (Galatians 3:26, ESV)
This refers to the status of all Christians, both men and women, who, having been adopted into God’s family, now enjoy all the privileges, obligations, and inheritance rights of God’s children.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9, ESV)
Those who promote God’s peace will receive the ultimate reward of being called sons of God as they reflect the character of their heavenly Father.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:43-45, ESV)
The privileges of son-ship are many and glorious. But with privilege and position also comes responsibility. The responsibility to love and work at peace with others.
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. (Romans 12:18, ESV)
Paul recognizes it is not always possible to be at peace with everyone, even when one makes the effort. But, having peace with God through the propitious sacrifice of the Son, Jesus Christ; we can have the peace of God reigning in our hearts; that should promote peace with others in so far as it depends on us. We make the effort because we want to love and obey God, regardless of the outcome. [This does not mean we overlook error to maintain unity and peace at all costs.]
Sons of God are in Christ through faith.
Sons of God are peacemakers.
Sons of God love and pray for their enemies.
Sons of God try and live peaceably with all.
Reflect on your heart attitude toward others in regard to peace this week. Are you enjoying the privilege of inheritance without considering the responsibility of position? In other words, if you are a Christian are you acting like one in how you promote, work for and maintain peace at home, at work and at Church?