“Above everything else, guard your heart. Everything you do comes from it.“
It is important to stress how badly we need to wear the “armor of God” wherever we are.. However, one of the reasons that Christians do not don the attire is because they don do not understand the purpose of it. So, this post is all about the “Breastplate of Righteousness” which protects our core. What is so important about our core that we have to have it protected with the righteousness of Christ?
We go to battle nearly every day. Back in the mid-evil days the warriors would wear a breastplate so they could protect their vital organs. This is the same thing that the “breastplate of righteousness” does. But instead of the vital organs of the body, it protects the vital in a spiritual sense. It protects your heart, spirit and soul. It helps to guard your heart (or feelings) from getting hurt; it helps your soul rationalize so not to return evil for evil; and finally it keeps your spirit from getting wounded and keep your focus on the Lord.
Spiritual wounds are really ugly and go much deeper than mortal injuries. Not to mention the spiritual offenses can take much longer to heal. Each person is different. I have seen some wounds of the heart and spirit take as little as a few months; some can take a lifetime. I have seen some painful wounds on some people have NEVER overcome. Proverbs 11:4 says that “righteousness delivers us from death”, therefore it is imperative to wear the breastplate God has given us for spiritual warfare.