So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. Acts 24:16
Paul had been going around Jerusalem preaching the gospel message. Some people grabbed him and took him to the officials saying that he was stirring up trouble in the city. Paul answered what he was doing and that always strived to be innocent of any wrongdoing before God or any person.
A clear conscience is one that believes that one has never done anything wrong to anyone. Most people in the world feel as though they are not doing wrong to anyone regardless of what they are doing. People tend to believe that they are in the right in what they are doing whether it is good or bad.
There are others who don’t care what other people think about their actions. These people will do whatever they want, when they want, without concern for others.
Most people suppress their conscience and deny what they know to be wrong or ignore what is right.
Believers will often fall into this same type of thinking in their own lives. They will feel as though they are following God, regardless of how they are treating others.
Paul took both God and other people in consideration in what he did. He wanted to be clear of any wrongdoing with both God and man.
When a believer has a clear conscience before God, he should also have a clear conscience before man. God wants every believer to love every person, both enemy and friend. When this is done, no harm will be done, no bad words will be said, and all that will be shown is love.
One should not strive to keep a clear conscience before God and ignore other people. And one should not keep a clear conscience before man and ignore God. It has to be both.
As you look at your life, ask God to reveal where you may have done something wrong, both to Him and to others. Strive to make it right.
Also as you deal with other people in your life, live your life in a way that honors God and others. Strive to live a life that has done no wrong to anyone else in any way. Always show love, grace and mercy to everyone you meet. This way your conscience will always be clear of anything wrong.
I pray today that you will repent of any wrongdoings to God; that God will strengthen you to always chose the right action; that you will be clear of any wrongs done to others; and that you will be the example of Jesus on this earth.