A Good Conscience

But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.  And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.

Acts 24:14-16

In this passage, the apostle Paul makes a powerful statement.  He says that he exercises himself “to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.”  That is something that we all can and should be trying to do.  We can exercise ourselves to have a good conscience.

How do we get and keep a good conscience?  Paul said in verse 14 that he was “believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets.”  Paul believed the Bible.  That might just be the first step to having a good conscience.  When we believe the Bible, we believe what God says about Himself.  We believe what God says about us.  We believe what God says about sin and judgment.  We believe what God says about mercy, grace and forgiveness.  We believe what God says about everything.  That is going to help us to live our lives like we are supposed to live them.  And that is going to help us to have a good conscience.  Doing right is really the key to a good conscience.

We do right to God by obeying Him, loving Him, worshipping Him, talking to Him and telling others about Him.  We do right to men by being honest with them, treating them fairly and loving them as we have been commanded to do.

Whether it be toward God or toward man, we can (and should) have a good conscience.  We need to work on it every day!

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