I’m just doing a couple of short reflections on the armor in Ephesians six.
The second piece of armor is the “breastplate of righteousness”.
In biblical idiom, the heart was the center of decision making and righteousness was making the choice to live right. The kind of battle that Paul is talking about is the battle of how we live our lives. This is not some esoteric angels vs demons, this is about the choices I am making right now.
I came across a useful quote from Eric Fromm:
Our capacity to choose changes constantly with our practice of life. The longer we continue to make the wrong decisions, the more our heart hardens; the more often we make the right decision, the more our heart softens …