And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men. Acts 24:16
As followers of Christ, it is imperative for us to keep our CONSCIENCE void of offence before God and man. How should our conscience be? It should be a good conscience and a pure conscience. If we don’t preserve it in this state, the chances of it flipping into a bad conscience are higher.
Suppose, we lost the good conscience we had with God and man. How do we restore it back to its former state?
1. By allowing our conscience to be washed by the Blood of Jesus – By believing in the Blood of Jesus, accepting our failures and presenting the state of our conscience as it to God. He will surely wash us with His blood and restore our conscience back to its former state. Even now there is power in the Blood of Jesus to cleanse and sanctify us.
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Hebrews 9:14
2. By reconciling with one another – This means by not forgiving those who have wronged us, our conscience stays in a dead state. But when we forgive those who have wronged us, our conscience is clear before God and when we ask for forgiveness from Him, He will forgive us too.
So if when you are offering your gift at the altar you there remember that your brother has any [grievance] against you, Leave your gift at the altar and go. First make peace with your brother, and then come back and present your gift. Matthew 5:23-24
3. Being subject to our elders – Even though we were sinners, Jesus bore all our sins upon Himself because His conscience was good. He was ready to obey. He willingly obeyed and did the will of the Father — He gave Himself up for us on the Cross. There may be times when things could go wrong. But in order to preserve our conscience, when we choose to do the right thing, before God we can preserve our good conscience.
Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. Romans 13:5
May God help us!❤️