In Acts 24:16 Paul the apostle said, “So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man. ” Later in 1 Timothy 1:19 he told Timothy, “holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith.” We can see from these verses and others that the conscience is no small thing. Whether it’s keeping a clear conscience in our walk with Christ. Or having a properly informed conscience from the Word of God. Above all, having a cleansed conscience by the blood of Christ.
Reasons to Accept the Differing Christian
So Romans 14 provides some very helpful guidance in dealing with differences among Christians in the church.
The Blessing of a Clear Conscience
The conscience is given to us to protect us, and to keep us.
Every Relationship Right
Do you have to avoid brethren in meetings because things are not really right with you and them?
Do You Have a Good Conscience?
John talks about 1 Timothy 1:19 - "holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith,"
Non-Essentials & Strong Convictions
Romans 14:3 - Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him.
Filled With the Spirit #4: Are Your Hands Clean?
Are your hands clean? - Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! 24 And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! Tim reads from an account on The Hebrides Revival - Duncan Cambell
Is it Ok to Break the Copyright Laws?
Is there anything installed on your computer that was illegally downloaded and you do not have the rights to the software? Is it ok to download music that you do not have the rights to? Is it ok to use music that you do not have the rights to in videos? We must all ask ourselves this question, do we have a clear conscience? Or is there sin in our live that deals with the copyright that we just have not seen because we have been blinded by our cultures downward spiral in morality.
Submission to the Government
As a professing Christian are you submitting to the government?
Your Life, Christian Witness, and Testimony
Who knows what I might mean by Christian witness? Your testimony. And I don't mean testimony like when you talk to somebody about how God saved you specifically.
- Act 24:16 So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man.
- 1Ti 1:19 holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith,
- Titus 1:15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled.
- 1 Timothy 4:2 2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared…
- 1 Samuel 24:5 And afterward David’s heart struck him, because he had cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.
A weak and constantly accusing conscience is a spiritual liability, not a strength. Many people with especially tender consciences tend to display their overscrupulousness as if it were proof of deep spirituality. It is precisely the opposite.
Ironically, a weak conscience is more likely to accuse than a strong conscience. Scripture calls this a weak conscience because it is too easily wounded.
A cleansed conscience is not a conscience that managed to forget guilt, it’s a conscience that has experienced guilt dealt with by the price being fully paid at the Cross.