If we are to maintain a good conscience, we must deal with sin in our lives and confess it
immediately. We must “keep the window clean.” We must also spend time in the Word of God and
“let in the light.”
A strong conscience is the result of obedience based on knowledge, and a strong conscience makes for
a strong Christian witness to the lost. It also gives us strength in times of persecution and difficulty.
No Christian should ever suffer because of evil doing, and no Christian should be surprised if he
suffers for well doing. As times of difficulty come to the church, we must cultivate Christian love; we
will need one another’s help and encouragement as never before.
We must also maintain a good conscience, because a good conscience makes for a strong backbone
and a courageous witness. The secret is to practice the lordship of Jesus Christ.
If we fear God, we need not fear men. “Shame arises from the fear of men,” said Samuel Johnson.
“Conscience, from the fear of God.”
The Bible says: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us
from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Also consider: Hebrews 9:14; 1 Timothy 1:5, 18-19.
Action assignment: Spend a few moments examining your own conscience. Take time to confess your
sin to God.
WARREN W. WIERSBE