A clear conscience is priceless. It produces a sense of serenity, but unfortunately, false accusations, innuendo and unforeseen challenges can cause us to second-guess ourselves. Paul was familiar with all the above. Regarding his conscience, certain people in the Corinthian church were busy working against him, and he addressed it at the beginning of his second letter:
“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
For each one of us, an evaluation of conscience is important too, 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 is transparent and honest
- Grace that is gratefully received and willingly given
Our spiritual enemy often employs false accusations to distract and neutralize, but healthy questions of ourselves can effectively pre-empt that tactic. Are your goals based on the things Paul listed? Is there sincerity that produces honest conversations with God and people? Regarding grace, is there a willingness to show the type of grace to others that you hope to receive from them? If so, be at ease in your spirit today and walk in confidence.