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Is Your Conscience Clear?

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     Have you ever said something or did something and later felt like you shouldn’t have?  Maybe you knew it was wrong, but you did it anyway.  Often times when this happens, your conscience sends you a warning to let you know that something is wrong.  This week I want to encourage you to check out your conscience and make sure it is clear and in good standing.

     The conscience is defined as the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives.  Some even refer to the conscience as our internal warning system.  Whenever our conduct is not right, our conscience sends us a warning and says don’t do that or don’t say that or don’t go there.  We have a choice to listen or ignore our conscience.  For those of us who are Christians, in addition to our conscience, we have the Holy Spirit living in us.  So, not only do we get a warning when we do wrong, we also get guidance on the correct decision to make.  The Holy Spirit is our guide and teacher.  He will lead us into all truth and He gives us power to make the right choices (John 16:13).  The more we know about God’s Word the stronger our conscience will be.

     Did you know that God gave each of us a conscience?  He wants us to live in such a way that our conscience is clear. Acts 24:16 says “I always try to maintain a clear conscience before God and man.” One of the criteria’s for a servant of God is that they must live with a clear conscience (I Timothy 3:9).  This should also be our goal. Each of us has to answer to God for our actions.  Let’s take a look at our relationships (with your spouse, children, in-laws, friends, co-workers etc.)   What is God saying?  Is your conscience clear?  If not, what can you do to make it clear? Perhaps you need to ask for forgiveness or give forgiveness, change your ways, or correct something that is wrong.  I am so thankful that God thought enough of us to give us a conscience to warn us, and then He gave us His Spirit to lead and guide us.  All we have to do is follow!

Until next week,

Carolyn

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