Ephesians 6: 10 – 17 – 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
I have recently moved from a house in a secluded area to a community with many neighbours. The fourteen feet separating our houses gives us a new meaning to the term “close-knit”. In the fee weeks I’ve lived there, I’ve seen that truth can comfort. Truth can also be twisted and truth can hurt.
Interestingly, Paul told the Ephesians to gird their waists with truth when he described a Christian’s spiritual armour. Notice that truth is not to be used as a weapon nor is it a tool of defense. Truth is instead a belt, a support, the part of the armour that encircles and moves with us.
If I am to carry the gospel of peace to my neighbours, I must offer words based on the foundation of God’s truth….. not the word of man or phrases that spring from the inclination of my fickle heart. If the breastplate of righteousness is to defend me, I must act in ways that honour God’s truth so my behaviour remains blameless. If my shield of faith is to quench Satan’s fiery darts, I must feel the underpinning of Gods truth when I take a deep breath and step out to do what I know God wants me to do. My challenge and yours is to learn how to speak truth in love, to present it to those who are able and willing to hear it and to hold it high when the winds of societal change begin to blow. God’s truth as presented in Scripture is trustworthy, genuine and as relevant today as it was when the Spirit of God moved men to write it. – Angela Elwell Hunt