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 ever found yourself feeling guilty for no apparent reason you knew of and immediately went to the Word of God for instruction and comfort? “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me...” (Psalm 139:23,24). Examining guilt feelings in the light of Scripture, along with prayer, is definitely the cure for a guilty conscience. A person who conceals his sin will not prosper, but the one who confesses and forsakes sin, will have compassion (Proverbs 28:13). After spending time searching your heart through prayer and reading God’s Word, did you realized that Satan, known as, “the accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10), tried to discourage you with his lies (John 8:44)? Christians need to understand that guilt appears when sin is prevalent in the life of a believer, but also, when one is not trusting God with a clear and well-advised conscience. The conscience must be persuaded by the Word of God, not by feelings.
In the Christian life, one’s conscience can be driven by an inadequate understanding of scriptural truths and these can produce guilt, shame, and misunderstood feelings. The deceitfulness of sin is dangerous to the believer because it hardens the heart and keeps you from the truth of the Gospel(Hebrews 3:13). The human heart grows more susceptible to temptation, pride, and every other kind of evil, when sin has deceived and defiled the conscience. God has written His law on man’s heart so, when man violates his conscience, it results in guilt, regret, and doubt, a signal to your soul’s well-being. A person with a good conscience is doing the will of God from the heart. This produces true joy, everlasting assurance, and ultimate peace in the heart of the believer.
Lord, I pray I will live before You and before men, with a good conscience.