Acts 24:16 - Keeping a Clear Conscience.
Acts 24:16 - Keeping a Clear Conscience.
Acts 24:16 (NIV) So I strive always to keep my conscience clear
before God and man.
Acts 24:16 (NCV) This is why I always try to do what I believe
is right before God and people.
Acts 24:16 (EAV) Therefore I always exercise and discipline
myself [mortifying my body, deadening my carnal affections, bodily
appetites, and worldly desires, endeavoring in all respects] to have a
clear (unshaken, blameless) conscience, void of offense toward God and
Conscience, the ability to distinguish between right and wrong,
[SDA Bible Commentary]
Paul's desire to have a good conscience toward God and man
reflects Jesus' summary of the duties of the law: love toward God and
neighbor. [Daily Devotional Bible]
A Clear Conscience
When you're tempted to do the wrong thing, do you listen to
your conscience or do you just ignore it and keep going? Although
sometimes it will seem as through people are acting without a conscience -
we all have one. Our conscience is a gift of God that we should
care for and give great attention to because it is given to us for
our own protection.
Every day we face decisions that involve our conscience, and
it sends up red flags when we're about to do something wrong. When
our conscience speaks and we ignore it, it's like taking a knife and
dulling the edges. It becomes ineffective. If we disregard it enough,
we'll make a shipwreck of our life (see 1 Tim. 1:18-20) - which means
that we will have a disaster of a Christian life.
That's when we are most vulnerable to false doctrines and
sin, and it's why people throughout the centuries have worshiped all
kind of things. What's happened is their belief system has
disappeared. In order to quiet their conscience, they've changed the way they
think. They've deliberately chosen to exchange the truth of God for a
lie (see Rom. 1:21-25). However, no one is going to get away with
that. God will allow their heart to be given over to darkness. Whoever
violates the laws of God will suffer the consequences.
Is it safe, then, to let our conscience be our guide? Not
really. It all depends upon how our conscience has been programmed. Has
it been programmed with the Word of God? When the Word of God
becomes the grid of truth that protects our conscience, then we know we
can respond in the right way. This is because the Holy Spirit
enables us to understand the truth and will guide us to do the right
However, understand that the Holy Spirit isn't your
conscience. Every person has a conscience - that's why there are people who
know right from wrong, even though they aren't Christians. Yet, only
those who've received Jesus as their Savior have the Holy Spirit. The
Holy Spirit works in conjunction with our conscience and works to
strengthen us and teach us the truth.
We know we can dull our conscience, but the good news is that
we can also make it stronger. Paul said, "I myself always strive to
have a conscience without offense toward God and men" (Acts 24:16).
How do we do that? We program ourselves with the absolute truth of
the God's Word. God's way is the best way - it's the only way to
find happiness, peace, joy, and eternal security. We have to have His
Word and His Spirit as our defense.
Are you going to take heed of your conscience? Are you going
to listen to what God is saying to you? Or are you going to do
everything your way?
Your conscience is a gift of God to protect you, so you
should take good care of it. Therefore, get in the Word of God. Obey
the leading of the Spirit. Make sure that you program your grid
system based on God's truth. And strengthen your conscience by seeking
God. Then you, too, will have a conscience without offense toward God
and men. [Life Principles SB By Charles Stanley]
Faithfully pleasing God is an activity, not just a nice set of
beliefs. It must be a way of life. [Time With God SB]
WHEN YOU REJECT TRUTH YOUR MIND BECOMES DELUSIONAL:
2 Th 2:10-12 (CWR) Those who do not love the truth enough for
God to save them will be swept away by all kinds of deceptions
brought about by the power of evil. For this reason God will allow them
to be deceived, and they will end up believing a lie. However, they
will not be judged because they believed a lie but because they did
not believe the truth and continued to take pleasure in wickedness.
ALSO WHEN YOU REJECT TRUTH YOUR WISDOM BECOMES CORRUPTED:
Ezekiel 28:17 (NLT) Your heart was filled with pride because of
all your beauty. Your wisdom was corrupted by your love of splendor.
So I threw you to the ground and exposed you to the curious gaze of
Ezekiel 28:17 (AMP) Your heart was proud and lifted up because
of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your
splendor. I cast you to the ground; I lay you before kings, that they
might gaze at you.
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