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.
“Then Peter began to speak: I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.” Acts 10:34-35
Cornelius was a Roman centurion who believed in God and followed Him. He received a vision from God to meet with Peter. The Jewish belief was that Jews could not meet with someone in the home of a Gentile, anyone not a Jewish decent. Peter meets with him and hears his story of his vision from God. He then realizes that God does not show favoritism only to the Jewish people, but loves everyone.
Prior to this point all the Jewish people believed that they were the only people on the earth that could be saved. This included the Christians following Jesus. God had started to reveal that He wants to save every person regardless of their nationality.
But notice that it is not absolutely everyone that God accepts. The ones He accepts are those who fear Him and do what is right.
The fear in this is to accept His authority and position as the Master Ruler. It is to respect His rules and ways of doing things. It is to obey Him in everything.
Doing what is right is following and believing in Jesus. It is no longer just following the Old Testament Laws and traditions. It is not just being a “good” person. It is believing and obeying Jesus.
Many in the world like to point out that God accepts everyone without the point of accepting those who fear Him and do what is right. Many churches are now accepting people living in purposeful sinful habits as good Christian people.
Regardless of your nationality, or your past history, God will accept you if you fear Him and obey Him. If you do not fear God and His word, you will not be accepted. People may accept you and you may look good, but you are still rejected by God.
Choose to fear God today with the correct fear. Choose to obey God in all that He says. Be a true believer today, and not just going through the motions in deception.
I pray today that you will have the right fear of God in your life; that you will learn to obey Jesus in everything; that you will be accepted by God; and that you will be a witness of who Jesus is and what God wants to everyone everywhere.
“Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.” 1 John 3:7
Now John tells you not to let anyone lead you astray. What does he mean by being led astray? This is being led down a path different from the one you are supposed to be on.
You may have heard a speaker start talking about some subject. As he is talking, all of a sudden he is talking about something completely different. He let himself go astray in his talk.
If you have ever walked in the woods it is easy to understand being led astray. As you follow a path, suddenly you see something off the path that looks interesting. You walk over to see it, then you see something further yet. As you keep looking, you also keep getting further off the path, until suddenly you are lost.
As a believer in Jesus, you are on a path that God has set for you to become like Jesus and to get into heaven. People around you can easily get you off of that path if you are not careful.
Well meaning believers may try to tell you that what you are doing is not good, when it is something God led you to do. The world will try to get you to cut corners to get it done faster.
Here John tells you that you must do what is right. Doing the right thing is not always easy, in fact, it is sometimes painful. The cashier gives you too much change back: do you give it back (the right thing) or do you put it in your pocket and say they made the mistake?
Do you keep the pen you borrowed at work or return it? Do you confess to someone when you made the mistake or do you ignore it and hope it goes away? Do you admit when you are wrong?
All these things the world will state that there is nothing wrong in either choice. God tells you otherwise. You need to be righteous as Jesus is righteous.
Jesus never did anything wrong. You should not either. Yes, you will make mistakes, but try to not purposefully do them. When you know it is wrong to do something, don’t do it.
I pray that today God will help you to not be led astray by anyone; that you will stay on the path God has placed you on; that God will strengthen you to choose to do right all the time; and that God will make you righteous as Jesus is righteous.