Friday, February 22, 2019

Don't Violate Your Conscience

Don’t Violate Your Conscience

Acts 24:16 
In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men.

Have you taken great pains to have a clean conscience before God and man or, have you allowed the world to instruct you to ignore your guilt feelings and make your conscience weak? This is a dangerous way to live your life as a Christian.

God has graciously given you something within that is powerful to assist you in the struggle against sin. He gave you a conscience, and that conscience can bring you real pleasure 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 a continuous quality or aspect of the Christian life. It is a privilege and joy to walk before God with a clear conscience.

Sometimes people think their guilty conscience will just clear up over time without dealing with it. But, guilt feelings can remain for long periods of time, and appear in other areas of life causing one to feel guilty and not knowing the reason for it. This could be a sign that something is definitely wrong spiritually (Titus 1:15). A weak conscience that is easily grieved is a result of a lack of knowledge and understanding of the Word of God. You need to respond to your conscience, even if it's weak and continue to learn from God's Word. It would be wise to never ignore your conscience or to live by your feelings only (Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 8:26-27). The Spirit of God helps us in our weaknesses, our infirmities, and searches the heart of man.

What is your conscience trying to say to you? Can you respond with Paul in saying, “I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day” (Acts 23:1)? Christians need to fight to keep a pure and good conscience every day. 

Lord, may I keep a clear conscience that is right before You and others.

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