What does clear conscience mean

How can I have a clear conscience?

conscience can be defined as follows: "An inner feeling that acts as a guide for one's own behavior in relation to right and wrong". For those with a biblical worldview, conscience is that part of the human soul that is most like God (Genesis 3:22). Those who doubt God have difficulty explaining the existence of human conscience. Evolution cannot justify this facet of the human mind because it cannot be explained with the mentality “survival of the fittest”.

Man's conscience was awakened when Adam and Eve disobeyed God's command and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3: 6). Before, they only knew the good. The word knowledge will have other translations than detect described in Genesis 3: 5 and is the same word used elsewhere to describe sexual intimacy (Genesis 4:17; 1 Samuel 1:19). When we choose to "see" evil through intimate experiences, our consciences are violated and we become emotionally uncomfortable. Whether we acknowledge God or not, we were created to be in fellowship with our Creators. When we do wrong, we find that we are torn inside and not serving our created purpose, and that feeling is deeply unsettling.

It was God who was offended by Adam and Eve; but God himself brought about a solution to their injured conscience. He sacrificed an innocent animal to cover her nakedness (Genesis 3:21). This was a preview of God's intended plan to cover the sin of all mankind.

People tried a variety of things to ease their conscience, from charity work to self-mutilation. History is full of examples of people trying to ease their consciences, but nothing works. So he often turns to other means to silence the inner voice that declares him guilty. Dependencies, immorality, violence and greed are often deeply rooted in the fertile soil of a guilty conscience.

However, since all sin is ultimately a sin against God, only God can deliver us from an injured and guilty conscience. Just as He did in the Garden of Eden, God offers us a covering through a perfect and guilt-free sacrifice (Exodus 12: 5; Leviticus 9: 3; 1 Peter 1: 18-19). For this purpose God sent his own Son, Jesus, into the world to be the final, perfect sacrifice for the sins of the entire world (John 3:16; 1 John 2: 2). When Jesus went to the cross, he took upon himself every sinful act we would ever commit. Every injured conscience, every sinful thought and every evil deed was placed on him (1 Peter 2:24). All of the righteous wrath that God has for our sin has been shed on His own Son (Isaiah 53: 6; John 3:36). As an innocent animal was sacrificed to cover Adam's sin, so the perfect son was sacrificed to cover our sin. God himself chose to set our relationship with him right and declares us forgiven.

We can wash our consciences clean by bringing our sins, our mistakes, and our miserable attempts to appease God to the foot of the cross. Christ's atonement brings forgiveness for our sins and purifies our consciences (Hebrews 10:22). We acknowledge our inability to cleanse our own hearts and ask him to do it for us. We trust that the death and resurrection of Jesus are sufficient to pay the price we owe God. If we accept the payment of Jesus for our personal sin, God promises to take our sins away: “As far as morning is from evening, he will let our transgressions be from us”. (Psalm 103:12; compare Hebrews 8:12).

In Christ we are delivered from the dignity of sin. We are set free to indulge in righteousness and purity, and to become the men and women God created us (Romans 6:18). As followers of Christ, we will still occasionally sin. But even then, God has prepared a way to purify our consciences. 1 John 1: 9 says: "But when we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, so that he forgives us our sins and cleanses us from all injustice." With this confession often comes the knowledge that we have matters We need to clean up those we have hurt, we can reach out to the people we have hurt knowing that God has already forgiven us.

Our conscience can remain pure when we continually confess our sin to God and trust that the blood of Jesus is sufficient to right our relationship with God. "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness" (Matthew 6:33). We trust that despite our imperfections, God will rejoice over us and in His transforming work in our lives (Philippians 2:13; Romans 8:29). Jesus said: “If the Son sets you free, you are really free” (John 8:36). We live with a clear conscience by refusing to indulge in the failure that God has already forgiven us. We have confidence in his promise: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).


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