” 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” 1 Peter 3:4 The Hidden Man Of The Heart
What Are We Thinking When We Become a Critic?
Human nature often become to apparent, and gets us into trouble. Is it safe to say that most of us have often needed to remember that when we take it upon ourselves to be a critic, our heart is missing something important? We are making ourselves out to be in a position that is only in God’s authority. We are allowing our heart to be deceitful, and judgmental. We forgot and must remember, and thankfully so, that Jesus knows the intent of everyone’s heart and that we did not mean to think the wrong things, or say them. The Hidden Man of The Heart is where God judges us.
It seems unfair sometimes because people look at others critically or with judgment by what one does or does not do, what they say or do not say, or according to what they think should be. It seems they forget that Jesus looks at our spirit, our meekness, our attitude, our thoughts, and of course; The Hidden Man of the Heart. That does not mean that we should have bad communication or act indifferent toward another soul. But God understands us, when no one else does. What this means is that we should be careful how we act, what we say and how we look at other.
Jesus looks at the heart and that heart’s relationship to Him. He know the communication and prayers that has been made to Him and He knows the very intent of the heart. No, He does not make excuses for us if we trespass against what is right, and He sees us as we are, be it good or bad, and knows if we are acting like a Christian.
When thinking about this, my mind goes to how people react in awkward situations or situations which they do not understand. We sometimes get weary trying to understand others, however, this is when we should send prayers to heaven so that this in turn does not alter our walk with God. We should give it to God as He understands all things. We as humans have a tendency to want to understand others more than we do ourselves. This is putting it mildly.
Loving One Another Will Allow Us To Have The Benefit of The Doubt
We sometimes forget and are so ready to deem things as unacceptable behavior for anything we do not agree with. Again, this is not how God’s love operates, nor how He judges us. Why? Because He knows what is going on in a person’s life that may influence the behaviors. He understands and is always merciful to all. He looks at the heart and soul of all of us. He knows the motives, the reasons, the whys, the maybes and the causes. He doesn’t judge us by the outward man, as we often do. Seems fairly simply to me. The Hidden Man of the Heart is how He judges all of us.
David Prays: “Cleanse thou me from secret Faults.”
David prayed in Psalms 19: 12 for grace: “Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults.” In verse 14, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”
If you look at the first question David asked in his prayer: “Who can understand his errors?” Sometimes we as individuals, cannot explain our own behaviors, and we may be acting contrary to the Word of God. However, He is merciful to us, just as He is to all. If we pray and pray like David, our heart will not be corruptible and we will remember that we often are misunderstood also.
Do we mean to speak out of turn or without consideration of others? I do not think so, especially if we have a good “heart” and are trying to live a Christian life. This is when we need to strive to seek a quiet and humble spirit and pray to be wiser in our efforts to have a spiritual-Christ Consciousness -knowing.
We learn from our mistakes, this is how we grow, however we must consider how Jesus would handle any situation. We get into a hurry sometimes and speak without thinking.
David’s Prayers To Save His Spiritual Status
Then in Psalms chapter 51: David prayed for remission of sins and he made a deep confession. He knew he had sinned as we all know our own sins, even those that are secret faults, (He knows those too), which sometimes grows into sin. He prayed for God to wash him thoroughly from his iniquity and cleanse him from his sin. He requested the Lord to blot out all his iniquities and then in verse 10-12…
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
“Cast me not away from they presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.”
“Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with they free spirit.”
We need to work on our inward self, regardless of how long we have been in the walk with the Lord. With the intent of being quick to listen and slow to speak. If we look at ourselves; the hidden man of the heart, we are perfecting our walk and our wisdom. Being wise tells me that we have to take care of our own soul and leave the rest to Him.
We can and should pray for others, but every man or woman must work out their own salvation, with fear and trembling. God knows all things, He knows the reasons, He knows our needs that we do not voice out loud to anyone. He knows the ups, and downs, and He knows when we are right and wrong. He judges us by what He sees that others do not see, and yes, He loves us anyway. He judges us by the sin of omission as well as commission. Nothing gets past the Lord, for you or me.
In Luke 14: 11 “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”