Have you ever cut a piece of perfectly looking fruit open to discover it was rotting inside? Maybe you discovered a hidden worm. It all looked good, until you could see the insides.
What is inside your heart? 2 Peter 3:10-12 described the day when the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with a fervent heat. The earth will be burned up.
Verse 11 says, “Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness.” I have been thinking about ‘what manner’ means.
1 Peter 1:14 says, “As obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts…” Amplified says, “…do not conform yourselves to the evil desires (that governed you)…”
Hebrews 12:15 says that bitterroot judgments will defile us and those around us. If we put a rotten apple in the middle of good apples, they will all rot.
Hidden sin defiles from within. Acts 8:21-23 says, “…your heart is not right in the sight of God…pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you…you are poisoned by bitterness and bound in iniquity.”
Here is a good way to pray. Psalm 139:23-24 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”