I Samuel 16:7 “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”
What you are in secret is who you are. You can pretend, hide, and do a great deal in private, but that is who you truly are, who you are in private. The man who thinks murder in his heart is a murderer. The man who thinks adultery in his heart, he is an adulterer. If a young man or woman is, in public, perfectly presentable, perfectly respectful, and theologically apt; and yet, at home, although not openly rebellious, he rolls his eyes, shakes his head or stamps his foot when his parent’s backs are turned, we know what type he really is.
However, remember this, a dead man can only be hidden for a small time before he is found that he is dead. Nothing can, in the end, stop the decomposing. It may be hidden from man forever, but it cannot be hidden from God for a moment. If not found out on earth, it will be found out in Heaven. What you are in secret is who you are.
Through His Strength We Will Conquer,
Andrew C. Abbott