My conscience bothers me when I do something wrong, hurt another person, or keep a sin secret. Does yours? God gave us a mechanism (that’s the best way I can describe the conscience) that informs our mind and emotions about what is right and wrong, good or evil, godly or selfish. Modern psychology discounts the concept of a God-given conscience and replaces the concept with what they call ‘intuitionism”. Seems like the same thing. When our conscience is clear (free of guilt) an inner strength accompanies our life giving us a good deal of resilience. Add holy living, honesty and transparency about our own failures and we can enjoy the benefits of a clear conscience. Even when we are misunderstood by others, we can relate with grace. The apostle Paul endured all sorts of significant life-threatening difficulties on his missionary journeys. He continued on with the help of a clear conscience.
We can say with confidence and a clear conscience that we have lived with a God-given holiness and sincerity in all our dealings. We have depended on God’s grace, not on our own human wisdom. That is how we have conducted ourselves before the world, and especially toward you. Our letters have been straightforward, and there is nothing written between the lines and nothing you can’t understand. I hope someday you will fully understand us, even if you don’t understand us now. 2 Corinthians 1:12-14 NLT
Is there anything bothering my conscience today? Have I left promises undone? Have I offended others? Am I hiding secret sin?
God, as this day begins- I feel rather resilient. My sins are confessed and forgiven. I trust more and more in You and the power of the Holy Spirit. I sense a divine protection for my life and livelihood. I am praying for some people today that need practical help and guidance. Please meet their deep needs. Thank you for a conscience and inward sense of right and wrong. Thank you for the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit who gives me the power to live accordingly.