So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man. Acts 24:16 ESV
Within each of us God has placed an inner voice, a conscience, to help us differentiate right and wrong. Our consciences have been dulled by our sin, but under the influence and control of the Holy Spirit they still can be useful tools. If our conscience condemns us we are to confess our wrong, make restitution if necessary, and seek to live in obedience to Christ.
A clear conscience is a great blessing. When we trust Christ our consciences are cleansed and as we live in obedience to Him our conscience remains clear. Having a clear conscience relieves stress and frees us from fear of exposure or accusation by others. It is the leadership quality of being above reproach (see Titus 1:5-7). Keep short accounts with God–clear your conscience quickly and you will experience continued joy and peace.
- A good conscience is one free from guilt. What is said in the following passages about a good conscience? — 2 Corinthians 1:12; 1 Timothy 1:5,18-19
- A guilty conscience is one where there is a sense of unconfessed or unforgiven wrong doing. What do the following passages say about a guilty conscience? — Romans 2:12-16; Romans 13:3-5
Question to ponder: Does having a clear conscience always mean we are free from wrong?
Passages for further reflection: 1 Corinthians 10:23-33; Hebrews 9:14