Keep your conscience clear

1 Peter 3:16 - Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame.

Walking daily with God involves constant responses to our inner conscience in everything we do or say. The Holy Spirit works in this inner guidance system, but to no avail if we deliberately choose to ignore the directives of conscience. By canceling out the signals from conscience, the good that God would do in us is nullified. Our shield against evil is removed. We are exposed to temptation and are disarmed internally. Violating conscience is the first step to the destruction and debilitation of this most valuable inner reality.

Maintaining good conscience makes the Christian feel good toward others. He does the best he can in all circumstances; lives in honesty based on his understanding of God's truth. Acting in violation of conscience turns that innocent feeling into dread and fear. It desensitizes our hearts and adds hypocrisy to our other sins. It gives Satan a ground for his accusations.

[ Prayer Starter ]
Father, what a treasure your presence is in us. Instruct our consciences and teach us to makes choices moment by moment as You direct us. This prayer I make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

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