August 6, 2013
“…. I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.” - Acts 24:16
Have you noticed that you get an uneasy feeling down inside of you when you say or do something wrong? This is your conscience speaking to you when you sin. To enjoy fellowship with God you must have a clear conscience.
A clear conscience is that inner freedom of spirit and soul that comes from knowing that you are right with God and right with other people.
There are two aspects to a clear conscience:
1.THE GODWARD ASPECT - We must know in our heart that there is nothing between us and God.
2.THE MANWARD ASPECT - We must know that we have made things right with others.
A great saint of God said it like this; “You cannot be right with God if you are wrong with anybody in the world.”
Jesus said in Matthew 5:23-24,“Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”
If we want to have a clear conscience, we must allow the Holy Spirit to search our heart and show us our offenses against others. When you have faithfully confessed your sins to God, and faithfully dealt with your sins against others, it will seem as though a great burden has been lifted from you. You will know that inner freedom of spirit and soul that comes from knowing that you are right with God and right with your fellowman. Maybe your new motto can be “Stay close and clean.” Say this often to yourself and share and encourage others with its meaning.
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