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The Breastplate of Righteousness

Possible Viewpont: Evangelical Christian

Title: The Breastplate of Righteousness

Today, we’re going to learn about another important piece of armor that God gives us to protect ourselves – the Breastplate of Righteousness. Just like a brave knight wears a strong breastplate to protect his heart in battle, God gives us his righteousness to protect our hearts from evil.

God wants us to put on the Breastplate of Righteousness every day, just like a superhero putting on their costume. Righteousness means doing what is right and good in God’s eyes. When we choose to do the right thing, we are putting on our Breastplate of Righteousness and protecting our hearts from the bad things in the world.

But sometimes it’s hard to always do what’s right, isn’t it? It’s like when you’re playing a game and someone wants to cheat, or when you see someone being mean to a friend. In those moments, it can be tough to choose the right thing. But God’s righteousness gives us the strength to stand up for what’s good and true, and to make the right choices even when it’s hard.

Let’s play a game to help us remember to put on the Breastplate of Righteousness! We’ll have two teams – one team will represent doing the right thing, and the other team will represent doing the wrong thing. I’ll give a scenario, and each team will have to come up with a solution. For example, if I say, “Your friend is being picked on at school, what would you do?” the team representing righteousness might say, “We would stand up for our friend and tell a teacher.” And the team representing the wrong thing might say, “We would join in and make fun of our friend.” We’ll see which team makes the most righteous choices!

Why is it important to always try to do what’s right in God’s eyes? How does putting on the Breastplate of Righteousness help us to stay protected from bad things?

Dear God, thank you for giving us your righteousness to protect our hearts from evil. Help us to always choose what is right and good in your eyes, and to be brave in standing up for what is true and just. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Just like a strong breastplate protects a knight in battle, God’s righteousness protects us in our daily lives. Let’s remember to put on our Breastplate of Righteousness every day and make choices that honor God!

Worship Music for Lesson

1. “I Will Not Be Moved” by Natalie Grant
2. “This Little Light of Mine” by Addison Road
3. “We Shine” by Fee
4. “Armor of God” by Go Fish

Questions for Lesson

1. What is the significance of the Breastplate of Righteousness in the armor of God?
2. How does wearing the armor of God help you resist temptations and stand firm in your faith?
3. What does it mean to put on the Breastplate of Righteousness in your daily life?
4. What does John 3:16 teach about love and how does it relate to the armor of God?
5. Can you share a personal experience when wearing the armor of God protected you from harm or helped you in a difficult situation?
6. In what ways can you encourage your friends and family to put on the armor of God and walk in righteousness?


1. Ephesians 6:14 – “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place.”
2. Isaiah 59:17 – “He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.”
3. 1 Thessalonians 5:8 – “But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.”

Object Lesson

Props needed:
– A breastplate (e.g. a lightweight, decorative metal breastplate or a cardboard cutout shaped like a breastplate)
– Stickers or cutouts of various emotions (e.g. happy face, sad face, angry face, scared face)

How to present the illustration:
1. Gather the children and introduce the concept of the “Breastplate of Righteousness” as part of the armor of God, which helps to protect our hearts and emotions.
2. Show the children the breastplate prop and explain that in ancient times, warriors would wear a breastplate to protect their hearts in battle.
3. Explain that just like a breastplate protects a warrior’s heart, the Breastplate of Righteousness helps to protect our hearts and emotions.
4. Attach the stickers or cutouts of various emotions to the breastplate, explaining that when we have the Breastplate of Righteousness on, it helps us to guard our hearts against negative emotions like anger, fear, and sadness.
5. Have a volunteer put on the breastplate and demonstrate how it helps to shield their heart from the negative emotions.
6. Encourage the children to remember to put on the Breastplate of Righteousness each day to protect their hearts and emotions.

This illustration uses a simple and visual representation to help young children understand the concept of the Breastplate of Righteousness and its importance in guarding their hearts and emotions.

Craft Idea

Craft: Make Your Own Breastplate of Righteousness

– Cardboard or poster board
– Scissors
– Hole punch
– Yarn or ribbon
– Markers, crayons, or stickers
– Glue
– Decorative materials such as glitter, sequins, or beads

1. Begin by discussing the lesson on the Breastplate of Righteousness with the children, explaining its significance as part of the armor of God.
2. Provide each child with a piece of cardboard or poster board, and help them cut out a breastplate shape. You can find templates online to use as a guide.
3. Use the hole punch to make holes on the sides of the breastplate for the yarn or ribbon to tie it on.
4. Next, encourage the children to decorate their breastplates with markers, crayons, or stickers, focusing on the theme of righteousness. They can write or draw things that represent righteousness to them.
5. Once the breastplates are decorated and dried, help the children secure them onto their chests using the yarn or ribbon, tying them in the back.
6. Finally, provide the children with various decorative materials such as glitter, sequins, or beads to add a final touch to their breastplates, if desired.

As the children work on this craft, you can continue to discuss the concept of righteousness and how they can strive to live a righteous life according to their faith. This hands-on activity will help them to remember the lesson and the importance of wearing the breastplate of righteousness as part of the armor of God.


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