A Clear Conscience

Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 12:1-7

To be misunderstood is a miserable thing. We say or do something with good intentions but somebody else misunderstands. Fires of pain and hurt are lit. When for good reasons the Apostle decided to cancel his travel plans to Corinth, some people misunderstood. Fueled by false rumors, many believed that his change of plans showed he was insincere and untrustworthy.

But Paul knew in his heart that he had always been forthright and honest with the Corinthian believers so he asserts that his conscience is clear. For us too, the very same conscience that “watchdog of the soul” that accuses us when we are guilty also affirms us when innocent.

How marvelous it is to have a clear conscience. It is no wonder Paul always strove for it. Even as people in Corinth were hurling their insults, he could stand with confidence and say in truth, “Here, take a look; my life is an open book; my conscience is clear.” What a great gift! Praise God that through our conscience he not only sounds the alarm when we are tempted to sin, but also comforts us when we are misunderstood or falsely accused.

PRAYER

Lord, thank you for the conscience you give us. Help us to train it well and keep it clear. In Jesus’ name. Amen.