Monday, February 16, 2015

Maintaining a Clear Conscience - Martin Wiles

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Clear consciences lead to healthier living.

Because of this, I always try to maintain a clear conscience before God and all people. Acts 24:16 NLT

Our front and back doors are solid glass. Since I’m not one to like fingerprints hanging around on glass—whether it is there or on the bathroom windows, I’m continuously cleaning both places. Until our grandson came along and my wife started keeping him every day, clean doors weren’t an issue. Now they are. He likes the wooden doors open so he can see outside. He also loves to put his grimy hands all over the doors while he is peering at the sites outside. Though I clean the doors once a week on the day he’s not here, it accomplishes nothing. As soon as he arrives, they are covered in fingerprints again. As long as he’s around, I’ve determined fingerprint free glass doors are an impossibility. 

The apostle Paul encountered and endured many a sticky situation during his early missionary journeys but maintained a clear conscience in spite of the attacks and accusations. He regularly confessed what his life was like before Christ as well as what Christ had done for him afterwards. Regular confession of sin keeps my conscience clear and the causeway open between me and God. Guilt—whether false or genuine, melts away when I come clean before God.

A regular reading of God’s Word—along with other helpful Christian material, also helps maintain a clear conscience. Through his Word and other authors, God persistently reminds me of his standards so I can judge myself accordingly. Continually monitoring my actions, attitudes, and speech is a necessity. God helps me do that through spiritual disciplines, but having an accountability partner also assists me in doing so. Often what I can’t see, God gives others the ability to see clearly.

Understanding God’s forgiveness affects the state of my conscience as well. While God has forgiven all of my sins through Christ on Calvary, I still must acknowledge and own up to them. Otherwise, my conscience will suffer. 

Is your conscience clear before God? It can be.

Prayer: God of love and grace, we thank You for the forgiveness that’s available in Christ and for the further ability to live free from guilt. 
(Photo courtesy of morguefile and jade.)

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