A clear conscience is priceless because it brings a deep sense of serenity. Unfortunately, false accusations, innuendo and unforeseen challenges can cause us to second-guess ourselves. Paul was familiar with all the above. Certain people in the Corinthian church were busy working against him. And at the beginning of his second letter he made this statement:

“For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more importantly toward you.” – 2 Corinthians 1:12 NKJV

On the path of discipleship, evaluation is important, but the key question is, “Evaluation against what?” In the above passage, here’s what we see:

  • Simple devotion to the specific truth of God’s Word
  • Commitment to carry the truth honorably
  • Sincere faith that sometimes says, “I don’t know, but I trust Him.”
  • Grace that is gratefully received, and willingly given

How is your conscience today? Are your goals based on scripture and Jesus’ model of living? Is there a willingness to show the type of grace to others that you hope to receive from them? Have you been honest with God (and yourself) concerning your faith? A clear conscience is priceless…

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