LIVING LIFE WITH A CLEAR CONSCIENCE
Is it just a fantasy of ours to attempt living life with a clear conscience? Even King David confessed; “For I know my transgressions, And my sin is ever before me” (Psa. 51:3); and he is described as a man after God’s own heart!
Is living life truly a matter of maintaining a clear conscience? Without a clear conscience we will always battle with shame, guilt and remorse no matter the status we claim to have or freedoms we seem to enjoy. Living life with a clear conscience is more than having the world’s most coveted tangibles at our disposal.
Living life with a clear conscience and living a life of faith are intimately interwoven. Listen to the Apostle Paul’s charge to his son in the faith Timothy. 1 Tim 1:18-19 This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may fight the good fight, 19 keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.
Faith and a clear conscience are relationship based. When we approach our faith relationship with Jesus Christ in a casual manner we will also discover we no longer have a clear conscience and we will begin to drift ever so close to our own shipwreck upon the rocks of guilt and shame.
Heb. 10:19-22 Since therefore, brethren, we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Living a life with a clear conscience is to live a life of confidence in Jesus Christ our High Priest. We have confidence to draw near and enter that most holy place with full assurance of faith.
Our confidence is in the blood of Jesus that paid the price for all of our sins. Our confidence is seated at the right hand of the Father as our Savior Jesus Christ intercedes for us day and night. Our evil conscience has been cleansed by the washing of water with the word of God by the Holy Spirit.
Heb. 10:23-25 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near. Faith wavers when our conscience wavers in the hopelessness of a wavering confession. Instead of drawing near we find ourselves forsaking all healthy relationships; the first being with our Lord and the second being with each other.
Living a double-minded life as James defines it, is to live an unstable life. A double-minded man lives in a world of a wavering conscience and wavering faith. We have are ups and downs, but never seem to grow in our faith or know the joy of it!
Living a life with a clear conscience is to be clear to whom you place your confidence. Let us draw near with a clear conscience and with complete confidence that He who began a good work in you will complete it for His glory and your good. Are you clear?