“And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.”
“And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day”
Acts 23:1 “And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.”
Today’s opening Scripture speaks of the Apostle Paul’s testimony of his conscience before the council of the chief priests. He was wrongly accused of tearing down the traditions of the fathers and opposing Judaism. But he made a defence of his way and of the truth of the Gospel that he had found and stood for, the reason he was being persecuted. He said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day. He lived his life in all good conscience before God. What does it mean to live in all good conscience before God? It simply means to be a man of conviction according to the testimony of one’s conscience; that is, to live according to the testimony of one’s conscience.
When Paul was a Pharisee and had not yet met the Lord, the testimony of his conscience was according to the traditions of the fathers that he had learnt from his childhood, and he lived according to that faith. However, after
the encounter he had with the Lord Jesus Christ on the way to Damascus, he found the true faith of the Lord Jesus Christ, and began to live according to it. He did not betray the testimony of his conscience, despite the temptation to return to Judaism. He kept faith with his conscience; he was true to his new found faith in Christ.
Living in all good conscience requires being true to the testimony of one’s conscience without suppressing, ignoring or denying it. It is your personal responsibility to keep a pure conscience before God and men. In all you do, you must not offend your conscience. Those who keep offending their conscience will harden it such that it will become difficult to discern truth. A good conscience is a safe guard. You must keep and nurture your conscience with truth.
You must keep a tender conscience at all times because God will guide you through your conscience; if you offend that conscience, you will not be able to receive guidance from God through that conscience. A tender conscience is one that is void of offence. From the apostle Paul,we see that it’s our personal responsibility to keep a good and tender conscience before God and men.
My Solid Front (Confession): In the Name of Jesus, I declare that I am sensitive to the nudging of my
conscience; I am quick to repent when I ought to. I do not tread the path of destruction because I always
respond to my conscience. Amen.