Posted September 6, 2012

“let it be the hidden man of the heart”… what does that mean…


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  1. Esther

    I dont know if you have ever heard this but my dad would tell me that I was pretty inside and I always took this verse to mean that we should be more concerned about how beautiful our hearts are, then about our physical body. I have met several people in two categories people who might at first seemed plain but once you got to know them they became so beautiful because of their love for Jesus and the second category is of people looked beautiful but turned out to be unattractive because they did not love Jesus. That is the hidden man of the heart the person that few can just observe but once you open your mouth or people get to know you that person starts to show and can make you more beautiful. ( to understand a verse like that you cant take it into isolation context is critical)

    # September 7, 2012

  2. peach blush

    I’m curious, too…

    # September 7, 2012

  3. Sarah Beth

    I have always thought that it meant don’t always be thinking about what you look like, dress like… But let people see your real love and zeall for Christ… don’t just be putting on a show for others so that they can say things about it or comment… 🙂 Don’t worry about what people think of what you wear but what your heart wears. I hope that helps in your question!

    # September 7, 2012

  4. swifttohear

    “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands”
    1 Peter 3:3-5

    Hi, Page. Good question!
    There are two kinds of “good works” that all of us perform: one is called “labour for the meat that perisheth”, and the other is called “labour for the meat that endureth” (John 6:27). Solomon identified the former as labour which is in vain – all that which is performed “under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:3). Labor “under the sun” is vain because it is performed for worldly gain, i.e., for that which perishes away. These are all the things which can be seen by those around us, and includes the good works and fancy clothes that we “put on” as a result of our egotistical desire to be thought well of.

    The kind of labor which is not in vain, or that which endureth, is all that is done “in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58). This is the labor that Matthew 25 calls “profitable”, and without which, we are hell-bound. Profitable labors are many…. (just a few, “labour in the gospel”, “labour in the word and doctrine”, “labour in prayers”, “labour to enter into rest”).

    In 1 Peter 3, the labor which wives can perform in the Lord is that which is “incorruptible”, and which “endureth”. It is to wear the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit. To be “meek” means that we are not easily offended, just like Christ was “meek and lowly of heart”. His compassion and love for us kept Him from being offended by our ignorance, so that even when we murdered Him, He prayed that we be forgiven.

    Women, whose sensitivity sometimes causes us to be offended easily, are to be forgiving in the same manner. Having a quiet spirit is having a calm, inner peace that bears and endures all things, including persecution and disdain. One way we manifest this inner quiet is to reverence our husbands, to speak with chaste conversation, and to patiently endure being disliked. This God-given ability is of GREAT price because it is something that only God can see and reward. It is the “hidden man of the heart”. Therefore, it cannot be vain or worldly, because it is performed for God’s glory, and not for the glory of mankind.

    # September 11, 2012