The Armor of God- Breastplate of Righteousness

The breastplate of Roman armor protected a vital organ—the heart; the spiritual breastplate of righteousness also protects our “heart”—our capacity for moral preference. In other words, it shields our heart’s desires—as they bear on our decisions—from evil influences; and as we follow and obey the Lord through the faith that He has birthed in our hearts, we have God’s divine approval (righteousness).

In fact, teachings on the importance of guarding our hearts are found throughout the Bible; for example Proverbs 4:23 states, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it spring the issues of life.” What are the issues that we must so fervently oversee? According to Mt. 12:35; Mt. 15:19; & Mark 7:21, they are good things or evil things; therefore, we need to make sure we act out of pure desires, not evil ones. The righteousness of Christ, which we have in Him (2Corinthians 5:21), will empower and protect the faith we need for righteous preferences and decisions.