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Concluding Thoughts on Chapter 3 – The Breastplate of Righteousness

When I read about David, the shepherd boy who grew into a king, I’m reminded of what it means to live righteously. David wasn’t perfect, but one thing is certain: he had a heart after God’s own heart. He’s a vivid illustration of someone who wore a spiritual “breastplate of righteousness,” protecting his inner core from the challenges and moral compromises that could easily derail him.

You might be asking, what does it mean to wear a breastplate of righteousness? Righteousness is more than just doing good deeds or leading a moral life. It’s about conforming our hearts and actions to God’s will.

Take David’s moment of repentance with Bathsheba, for example. Confronted by the prophet Nathan, David could have abused his power to avoid accountability. But he didn’t. Instead, he chose to turn back to God, putting on his metaphorical breastplate by realigning his actions and desires with God’s will.

There isn’t a cookie-cutter approach to righteousness where one size fits all. It’s about your unique walk with God and the decisions you make to follow Him, even when it’s hard.

“And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” (Colossians 3:10, NIV)

By donning this breastplate of righteousness, we allow God’s Spirit to transform us. Each day offers new opportunities to be more like Christ, to peel away old habits and let our ‘new selves’ flourish.

Someone once asked me, “If God is forgiving, then why can’t we sin today and simply ask for His forgiveness tomorrow?” Let’s remember that taking off our breastplate of righteousness in the middle of a battle exposes us to spiritual harm. It’s not just about mouthing an apology; it’s about a heart change. As the Bible says, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death” (2 Corinthians 7:10, NIV). True repentance is more than fearing the consequences of sin. It’s a heart filled with sorrow because of our sin. It realigns us with God’s will and keeps that breastplate securely in place.

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