Putting on the Sandals of the Gospel of Peace

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:7-9, NIV)
 
…your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace… (Ephesians 6:15, HCSB)
 
Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1, HCSB)

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Putting on the Breastplate of Righteousness, Part 2

This is our second article on the Breastplate of Righteousness in our series on using the Armor of God as found in Ephesians 6 as a discipleship pathway to spiritual maturity.

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Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say

Warning: This one will take me a minute to get to the point, so please stick with me…
 
My daughter has Autism Spectrum Disorder. Where she particularly falls on the spectrum is what they used to refer to as Asperger’s. One of the defining features of this disorder is that she is extremely literal. This is actually one of the things that led to her diagnosis.
 
In fourth grade, when a teacher (with poor classroom management skills) wanted the class to quiet down, she yelled at them to write their names on the board if they were talking. All of the kids that were talking got the hint and stopped talking (which is what the teacher was probably trying to accomplish).
 
But my daughter actually wrote her name on the board; …and got in trouble.
 
My daughter couldn’t understand why she got in trouble for doing what she was told to do, while the other kids who were also obviously talking didn’t get in trouble for failing to write their names on the board.

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