How Does a Breastplate Relate to Righteousness?
The breastplate protects the heart. Righteousness also protects your heart.
What Makes A Heart Righteous?
We usually refer to thinking in the head or mind, but it seems that the thoughts of the heart are very important in determining whether a person is righteous or not.
What Does It Mean To Think In Your Heart?
The enemy of all righteousness has the power to put thoughts into your mind. But only you have the power to allow those thoughts into your heart. The thoughts we allow into our hearts are those that we believe and ponder on, so be careful what you allow into your heart.
Actions whether right or wrong begin with thoughts, the kind of thoughts that are pondered on in the heart.
How Can You Change What Is In Your Heart?
Many people think of repentance as a horrible thing, relating it to guilt and shame, but in fact, it is quite the opposite! Of course, that is the enemy again telling lies in order to hide the truth. Repentance is a wonderful thing related to peace and joy!
The breastplate covers the stomach. Like being hungry for food, you should desire righteousness.
How Can You Become Righteous?
Repentance and Agency
The sacrament renewal of your baptism covenant is about repentance and using your agency to choose the right. Just as the Sacrament prayer says, always remembering the Savior and keeping His commandments will make it possible for you to have His Spirit to be with you. When you eat and drink the sacrament worthily and sincerely you will be fed spiritually.
None of us are able to keep all of God’s commandments all of the time. We make mistakes, and our Father in Heaven knew that we would. That is why he gave us His Son Jesus Christ to pay the price for our sins.
Our High Commander Is A Servant Leader
Jesus Christ willingly gave His great atoning sacrifice for all. The bread and water of the sacrament represent Jesus’ body and His blood which He gave. He experienced all of our pain and sorrow. He paid the awful price for all of our sins. He was tortured and killed. All of this so that we could repent and be free from sin, death, and the devil.
Come To Jesus
Jesus is the Bread of Life and the Living Water.
Jesus offers the Fruit of the Tree of Life.
When you believe in Jesus Christ, and come to Him with repentance you are hungering and thirsting after righteousness.
So come to Jesus, believe that He loves you and has sacrificed His life for you, and repent. He will feed you with His Spirit and your heart will change.
This worksheet can help you make repentance a daily practice.