Re:Verse passage – 1 Peter 3:1-7 (day four)
The key to this passage seems to be found in verse 4…”but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit…” What is the ‘hidden person of the heart’? It is referring to character. Norman Blackaby and Gene Wilkes, in their book entitled Character – The Pulse of Discipleship say this: “Biblically, character is defined by the quality of our intimate fellowship with God. In our relationship with God, we find our moral compass, calling, and spiritual strength to live in an intimate relationship with Him and to complete what God has called us to do.”
All through Scripture, character is identified as residing in the “heart”. In our passage, Peter identifies adornments that can be added or taken off at will. Character requires a lifestyle that builds a foundation in our heart that guides our response to the experiences of life. Character takes time to build. Allow Christ to build in your heart…to establish His character. Qualities like a gentle and quiet spirit produces lasting benefits!