Safe in Love’s armor

My friends and I were walking to class when a boy began to yell at me. Mean things poured out of his mouth. “You’re a disgrace to the human race!”

Every day the insults rained down. My friends wondered why I didn’t fight back. A war of words? Nope. I chose to pray instead. 

I read the Christian Science Bible Lesson every morning before school. The ideas about God I found in the Lesson were powerful. They helped me deal with problems and find healing. You might say that these spiritual truths became a shield of defense, protection, and strength.

One morning as I was reading the Lesson, I was feeling pretty crummy about this boy. So my heart was wide open to God. My eyes lit up when I read this phrase: “The armor of divinity.” 

That amazing phrase is the “marginal heading” (or key idea printed in the margin) for this paragraph in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good. Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil. Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you” (Mary Baker Eddy, p. 571).  

“Clad” means dressed. “Panoply” means a complete suit of armor—head-to-toe protection! Like a Stormtrooper or a knight! And “Love” is a Bible-based name for God. What a powerful spiritual truth! Love isn’t just a shield, but armor. Wow! This armor “fits” everyone. And best of all, it’s always on—never off.

I felt wrapped in Love’s armor after that. Secure and strong and safe.  

Later, at school, the yelling began again. But I knew I was safe in Love’s armor. And in that moment, God showed me something else: I wasn’t the only one who was shielded by Love. God opened my eyes to see that this boy was, too. And this protected his heart from hate.

I looked right at him and smiled! My heart filled with love. I knew that nothing anyone said or did had any power over me. And I knew that he was free from hate, too.

Suddenly, the boy turned to his friends. He told them to be quiet. He said: “It doesn’t bother her. It never bothered her. Let’s go.”

The bullying stopped. Good triumphed over evil. And we were all safe in Love’s armor—each of us.

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Lisa Andrews—Staff
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