In a soldier's armor, the breastplate is essential for protection, covering the heart and vital organs. In our spiritual battle, the Breastplate of Righteousness serves a similar purpose. It guards our hearts, not with our own righteousness, but with the righteousness of Christ, imparted to us through faith. This spiritual gift not only protects us from spiritual harm but also affirms our identity as cherished children of God.
The apostle Paul's message in Romans 13:14 urges us to "put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh." This call to action is about more than outward behavior; it's about the state of our hearts before God. Living righteously means living transparently, not hiding our weaknesses or failures from Him. God, in His all-knowing nature, sees beyond our external facade. He knows our innermost thoughts and secrets.
Being transparent before God means acknowledging our human limitations and embracing His grace. It's not about self-condemnation but about opening ourselves to His transformative love. When we are honest with God, we allow His righteousness to penetrate every aspect of our lives, leading to true change and growth.
Heavenly Father, thank You for clothing us in the righteousness of Christ. Help us to live with transparent hearts before You, acknowledging our need for Your grace. Guard our hearts with Your righteousness and guide our lives in Your truth. Amen.
In Christ’s righteousness, we find the strength to be open and honest before God and ourselves. Our hearts are not only shielded from the enemy's accusations but are also nurtured by the truth of God's love. As His children, let us walk in this righteousness, transparent and unashamed, for in Him we find our true identity and strength.
May this truth inspire and guide us each day.
Transparency in our relationship with the Most High allows our transparency to be shown to others, this builds trust among others and encourages open and honest communication (whether good or bad experiences). This ties into yesterday's message of wearing the belt of Truth. When we are transparent then we are being true to God, ourselves and others. This fosters Trust which encourages cooperation among believers to get the work of God done. Didn't say it was easy but if worked at it continuously it becomes a part of our Being and doing.