Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Peace of a Clean Conscience

“God’s gonna’ get you for that!”
Every time someone did something that Brenda thought was “unChristian” by her standards, she would wag her finger and repeat her warning that was known by everyone on campus. Ever since she arrived with her freshman class, and now about to graduate with honors, she served with distinction as the campus “conscience.”
Perhaps we would make life better for others if we each had our own personal “conscience cop” - one who would go before us and alert or warn us before we did something sinful. Most of us can quote Paul’s wise words about “no temptation without God’s spirit giving us some way out.” Most of us, however, think of that after we have “gone astray” or are overwhelmed by the temptation and plead for “grace and mercy” because we are only “too human and still growing in Christ.”
Solomon knew the “peace that can come from a clean conscience.” No doubt he had a few “skeletons” in his closet, as we all do, and wanted to share some of his “self-help” wisdom and insight on “worry-free” living. So he provides us with a warning that will work for all of us all of the time: “The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”
The “key” is righteous living. Though easier said than done, we can free our minds from guilt and fear by living by and through the Word of God in the power of Christ. We all have a past that follows us wherever we go. But, we also have “Christ in us” who can protect us.
Prayer: Father, Your Word is before us but will do no good until it is within us. Fill our lives with Your power. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

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