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 Breastplate of Righteousness –

472px-Zbroja BatoregoZbroja Batorego“Righteousness must be our breast plate. The breast-plate secures the vitals, shelters the heart…5 Righteousness is His coat of arms…and it is called the armour of God, because He wore it first and so fitted it for us.6

Righteousness is defined as “acting in accord with divine or moral law:  free from guilt or sin; morally right or justifiable.7

Righteousness is a way of living out a lifestyle based in Christ’s example and a foundation in God’s law that shields our hearts from erring in sin. According to Christ, out of an evil, degenerate heart proceeds sin (Mt. 15:16, 18-20; Mt. 12: 35). “All unrighteousness is sin” (1 Jn. 5:17).

Christ Himself “engaged His own strength and righteousness8 to save us from the clutches of sin.  “There is none righteous, no, not one; …He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor, therefore, His arm brought salvation unto Him, and His righteousness, it sustained Him; For He put on righteousness as a breastplate…” (Ro. 3:10; Is. 59:16-17).

As Christians, we are to be imitators of God as Christ was (Ep. 5:1). The Lord loves righteousness (Ps. 45:7).  His attribute is righteousness (Ps. 145:17). His “right hand is full of righteousness” (Ps. 48:10). His name is “The Lord Our Righteousness” (1 Jn. 2:29). The Lord is the Source of Righteousness (Phil. 3:9).      

So what are a few benefits for those who are righteous?  They will enjoy the fruits of righteousness (Phil. 1:11). They are “delivered out of trouble” (Pr. 11:8).  Their hope “shall be gladness” (Pr. 10:28). Their labor will tend to life (Pr. 10:16). Their prayers are heard of the Lord (Pr. 15:29). The righteous shall receive eternal life (Mt. 25:46).