A Pure Conscience is a Good Conscience
All a man’s ways seem right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the motives. Commit your activities to the Lord and your plans will be achieved. The Lord has prepared everything for His purpose – even the wicked for the day of disaster. Everyone with a proud heart is detestable to the Lord; be assured he will not go unpunished . Wickedness is atoned for by loyalty and faithfulness, and one who turns from evil by the fear of the Lord. When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Proverbs 16:2-7
“The glory of God within a good person is the testimony of a good conscience.” (Thomas a’ Kempis, Imitation of Christ)
Have a good conscience and there always will be joy! When we have the joy of a good conscience then we will be able to endure a great deal and remain cheerful in difficult times. Unlike the good conscience, the evil conscience always is fearful and restless due to its propensity to exaggerate its circumstances. Therefore, always bear in mind that “rest comes upon a heart that is at peace within itself,” which produces a good conscience. However, rejoice only when we have done well, because it is the blessing of the Lord to you.
Sinners cannot claim peace which can only come from God. His wrath will certainly follow and their deeds will be brought to nothing and their thoughts perish. However, it is not hard for a person who loves and glorifies the Cross of our Lord to rejoice in all circumstances wholeheartedly. A person who loves and glorifies Christ should never consider the glory that is given and received from other people as anything more than temporal glory, because sorrow always accompanies any glory that comes from the world. However, the glory of a good conscience is not found in the words of people. The gladness and joy of the just is from God and solely flows from God alone, and that joy also flows from the truth, without favoritism or selfish motives.
Likewise, if our conscience is pure we will easily be satisfied and restored to peace. Thus, consider this fact of faith: We are not more holy when we are praised or more worthless when we are without praise. We are what we are, and we cannot claim to be any greater than what we are in the sight of God. If we dwell upon what we are within us, then we will not dwell upon what people may say about us. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks within the heart. People evaluate what a person does; God evaluates why a person does what a person does.
To be always doing well and have little regard for oneself is the sign of a humble soul. It is a sign of great purity and inward confidence not to look for comfort from any person. Such a person is a spiritually mature person who walks inwardly with God and is not sustained by any outward feelings. The purity and goodness of a spiritually mature person’s conscience is the blessing of God’s pleasure, and it is revealed through the actions and attitude of such a humble servant seeking God’s approval and not the recognition of people.
My daily prayer: Heavenly Father, in your Word according to the prophet Isaiah, You declared that if we will turn our focus upon you, salvation from the challenges of this world and its values will be the reward. When we turn to you as our Savior, our lives will be changed and there is nothing that can harm us. Well Lord, I am seeking not only to be the apple of your eye, but likewise that you are the apple of my eyes. Father, I take you by your Word that when I focus my life, all of me, to honoring and glorifying you I will walk daily with a pure conscience that will recognized as a good conscience, which will come under the influence of your Spirit. My Lord and Savior, even when my enemies surround me, I am at peace because my focus is upon you and not anyone or anything. I know that you have searched my heart and know my motives, and will protect and preserve me against any wrong accusations against me. Thank you my gracious Father and Savior. Amen
For additional reading: 1 Corinthians 1:30-31; 4:5; Jeremiah 9:23-24; Isaiah 48:22; 2 Corinthians 10:17-18; Galatians 6:14; John 5:44; Psalm 63:11; Romans 5:11; 1 Samuel 16:7