“Stand firm then…with the breastplate of righteousness in place,”~ Ephesians 6:14 NIV
It’s important to note that this is talking about the righteousness of Jesus, not ‘self’ righteousness. To be righteous is to do what is right in God’s eyes. To be righteous is to obey God’s laws of love as opposed to lawlessness and sin.
Righteousness can be defined as: goodness, virtue, uprightness, decency, integrity, moral, ethicalness, justice, honesty, honour, blamelessness, irreproachability, sinlessness, purity, God-mindedness.
The warrior’s breastplate protects all of their vital organs, particularly their heart. It’s like a bulletproof vest. It keeps them from being vitally wondered.
Jesus’s righteousness is ours as believer and followers. That righteousness covers our heart. Our breastplate of righteousness is righteousness of Jesus in us, in our hearts. It protects us from blows that could be fatal, blows that could take us off our path, blows that could put doubt and hate in our hearts.
Our hearts are what keeps us alive, circulating not only blood around our body but love, peace and joy. Out of our hearts our words flow, Jesus says, “But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them” (Matthew 15:18). Solomon warns us, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” (Proverbs 4:23). The course of your life! I think this warrants guarding our hearts, wouldn’t you agree?
How do we make sure our breastplate of righteousness is in place? We follow God’s way, not our own.