To get the most out of this devotion, set aside time to read the Scripture referenced throughout.
To be called children of God means that we earnestly seek His redemption—not just for ourselves but for the whole world. So when Jesus says, “For they shall be called sons of God” (Matt. 5:9), He isn’t prescribing a formula for how to become a child of God. He’s defining what a peacemaker is—someone who believes and trusts the Father to lead us.
Thinking of God as “Father” is reassuring and affirming for many believers. But there are others of us who have a complicated relationship with our earthly father, and this can affect the way we think of and relate to God. To better understand who He is, we need only look at Scripture to see a few of His attributes: He is holy (Isa. 6:3; Revelation 4:8), gracious and compassionate (Psalm 103:8), unchanging (James 1:17), and a faithful Creator (1 Peter 4:19).
Think about it
• How do you relate to the idea of God as “heavenly Father”?
•If knowing God intimately is crucial to walking in our calling as peacemakers, it means we must be committed to spending time with Him. What’s standing in the way of your relationship with the Father right now? Confess it and ask for His help.