Wednesday, March 04, 2009
The hidden person
1 Peter 3: 3-4 Let not adornment be externaly only - but let it be the hidden person of the heart [the Holy Spirit within], with the imperishable quality of a GENTLE and QUIET spirit which is precious in the sight of God.
This chapter speaks of grace, love, holiness, gifts and of course, of suffering. Again, it focuses on building up the inward, which produces external strength.
This picture always reminds me that through suffering of any kind, and when we can't see to the right or the left and only have the "wet" way forward, that He is there, guarding us - our hearts AND our minds through the trials.
I pray that the gentle nature of the Holy Spirit will come through my bold human nature. I pray that though our current suffering (5:10), that he will PERFECT, CONFIRM, STRENGTHEN and ESTABLISH us.
Thank you Lord for our trials and for the Holy Spirit within.