What 'qualifies' a person to be called a child of God?

What 'qualifies' a person to be called a child of God?

Rules guide life choices, but they also can divide. For example, is the Sabbath on Saturday or Sunday? When manmade regulations seem to conflict, how do we connect with God’s heart?

The following Bible insights help chart a secure course:


1 Treat others as we want to be treated.

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets,” (Matthew 7:12 NIV).

“Do to others as you would have them do to you,” (Luke 6:31 NIV).


2 Look for peaceful solutions to resolve conflict.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God,” (Mathew 5:9 NIV).

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation,” (Philippians 2:14-15 NIV).


3 Seek Jesus.

To all who do receive Jesus, “to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God,” (John 1: 12-13 NIV).

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise,” (Galatians 3:28-29 NIV).


4 Demonstrate love.

“Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother or sister,” (1 John 3:10 NIV).

“These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts; do not plot evil against each other, and do not love to swear falsely,” (Zechariah 8:16-17 NIV).