Don’t Violate Your Conscience
Acts 24:16 KJV
And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.
Have you taken great pains to have a clear conscience before God and man? Or, have you allowed the world we live in to train you to ignore your guilt feelings, making your conscience weak? This is a dangerous situation in the life of a Christian.
Your daily privilege and joy is to walk before God with a clear conscience. God has graciously given you something that is powerful within to aid you in the battle against sin. He gave you a conscience, and that conscience can bring you real joy and freedom. Examining your guilt feelings in the light of Scripture and then confessing and forsaking your sin will cleanse your conscience. Dealing with sin immediately is an on going characteristic of the Christian life.
Sometimes people put off dealing with their guilt, thinking their conscience will clear itself over time. Guilt feelings may persist for long periods of time and could show up in other areas of life making people feel guilty and not knowing why. This could be a signal that something is very wrong spiritually (Titus 1:15). A weak conscience that is easily grieved is a result of a lack of knowledge of the Word of God. You must always respond to your conscience, even if it's weak, and continue to learn from God's Word so you and your conscience can begin to function in the light of Scripture. Never ignore your conscience and don’t live on feelings only.
What is your conscience saying to you? Can you say with Paul, “I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day” (Acts 23:1)? Christian, fight to keep a pure conscience, by sanctifying yourselves every day, in order to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2.15).
Lord, may I keep a clear conscience that is right before You and others.