So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. – Acts 24:16
Paul is under arrest and stating his case to Festus, the governor. Paul was convinced of his innocence. Why? Because his conscious was clear.
There are few things better than a clear conscious. God uses it and the Holy Spirit to guide us. There are a couple of questions that I need to ask myself in terms of my conscious. How is my conscious . . .
- Before men? Are there people that I have crossed? Are there people that I have run over in my pursuit of tasks? Are there needs that I have ignored? Are there people that I have treated as less than me? Do I have outstanding debts to others? Have I made promises I have not fulfilled?
- Before God? Are there secret things in my heart that I think I am keeping from God? Are there things he is asking of me that I am ignoring? Are there things I am denying him? Am I shutting out the Holy Spirit? Am I allowing myself to be formed in his image?
God, I desire a clean conscious. I desire to serve you with a pure heart. To be able to stand before you and before men and be able to say that I have a clear conscious. I again invite you to speak to me and twist my heart and life so that it aligns with your purposes and pleasures.
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