The Breastplate of Righteousness
Keep in mind, each piece of armor represents a part of God’s strength that He extends to us when we become His children.
A typical armed soldier wore a breastplate made of bronze or chain mail. It covered the vital organs, namely, the heart, and was fitted with loops or buckles that attached it to a thick belt. If the belt was loosened, the breastplate slipped right off (Belt of Truth). So what is righteousness? The dictionary defines it as, 'the quality of being morally right or justifiable'. You say, "Ruby, I have morals so I'm righteous." but Paul is referring to the righteousness purchased for us by Jesus at the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21). The purpose of the breastplate is to protect our heart and soul from evil and deception. Our own righteous acts are no match for Satan’s attacks (Isaiah 64:6 says, our righteousness is of filthy rags). So what does putting on this breatplate look like? >We seek God and His ways above our own. >We delight in his commands despite how we feel. >We seek to be like Him and as He reveals areas in our lives that need change, we seek His help to change them. >We don't harbor unforgivness, seek revenge, lie, cheat, steal, etc. >We walk in obedience, love, grace and mercy. >We don't live in the past, we press forward in hope and newness.
His ways become our ways and we begin to develop a pure heart that translates into actions of our beliefs.
So, we have to ask ourselves... Have my recent actions exemplified the righteousness of God in Christ? Or is my belt of truth loose and has my breastplate slipped off?
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