I remember my dad smiling and saying to me as a child, “Why, do you have a guilty conscience?”, sometimes, when I would ask a question. This morning, I read a bible verse that brought that memory to my mind.
This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.
–Acts 24:16 (NKJV)
Paul always worked to have clear conscience. Paul did not want to have guilt about offending God or others. Paul must have taken each mistake to God and sought forgiveness, so he could go through life with a clear conscience. I think this is a great way to try and live your life. Try your best. If you mess up along the way, take your mistakes and sins to God.
Paul was not always this way. God transformed him into a Christian. When you live your life for yourself, you end up offending God and everyone around you. Once you know the goodness of God, you do not want to go back to where you were. If you are like me, you try to turn down the volume of the world around you, so you can listen to God. We get to start again each day. We can ask ourselves each day, would God approve of my thoughts and actions towards others and him? If the answer is no, we can always change and align ourselves toward God. I am so grateful to have a loving God that forgives us and helps us to be better each day.
Each morning, we can strive for a clear conscience.