In Christian circles, we talk a lot about the “Armor of God.”
You know, “helmet of salvation, sword of the Spirit, feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel.” Those things.
But, I was thinking lately that some of the “armor” hasn’t been sitting so well in my fight. Belt of Truth getting a bit tight, Breast Plate of Righteousness beginning to chafe.
Sorry, my metaphors are silly and intentionally trying to be humorous.
The reality is that if we solely concentrate on the armor, we miss something. There are other aspects that we have to choose, things we must look for and put on.
“Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
Now, most people will tell you as you live for Jesus, the Holy Spirit naturally brings out these “fruits of the Spirit” in our lives. I would suggest that they are attributes that you have to choose, to clothe yourself with along with the armor.
In the military, you learn pretty quickly that, to protect your feet, you need good boots. But first, you need clean, dry socks. If you wear a sweaty, nasty t-shirt for too long, you’re going to get chafed (and you smell really bad). And, if you don’t change your boxers from time to time, well….
And, the idea of not having these items is not something you should choose!
Is it sacrilege to compare the Fruits of the Spirit to underwear?
I think it’s biblical.
When you lift up your sword, make sure you put on love. When you hold up the shield, make sure it is also wrapped in faithfulness. When you put on the belt, make sure it is over the garment of patience.
And if all this leaves you cold, 1 Peter 5:5 says, “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another…”
Now, I’m ready for battle.
And I think I look pretty killer, too!