Guilty Conscience

Reading for Today: Proverbs Chapter 28

Gold Nugget
Verse 1: 
The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” 

I would rather sleep in a single bed with a clear conscience than to sleep in a king size bed with a guilty one. I have known people that are always on the defense because of their guilty conscience. So much so that they make issues even when there isn’t one. Like today’s “gold nugget” says, The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” When you have a clear conscience it makes you bold. I remember once when I had put off my vehicle inspection over and over. Way longer than I care to admit. I don’t remember the circumstances why I put it off, but I remember all the stress trying to avoid getting a ticket. Driving at night was a preferred option. The fear of passing a police officer, hoping he wouldn’t see was a daily occurrence. Even to the point where I would turn down a road if I saw a police car, only to find it wasn’t one. (The wicked flee when no one pursues)  As the second part of the scripture states, once I finally got the vehicle inspected, I wanted to pass a police officer. I was as “bold as a lion.” Having a guilty conscience will ruin every area of your life. Another issue that stems from people with a guilty conscience is the accusing position they take with others. When they see someone in a certain situation, they factor what they themselves would do in that situation and assume others would react the same way. It's said that one of the signs of infidelity is the guilty partner will begin suspecting the innocent partner of the act that they alone are guilty of. Those that have a clear conscience also assume that their partner is just as innocent as they are. That is the definition of love in 1 Corinthians 13 (Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things). If you have ever had a guilty conscience and came clean, you can testify of the liberating effect it has in your life. If you have something weighing on you, it’s time to clear your conscience and rid your life of a cancerous disease. If you don’t, it will spread through your life killing everything in its path.

Lord, we thank you for your forgiveness that is so readily available to us all. Help us to cling to your mercy and embrace the purifying effects of confessing our sins. We know that you are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Amen

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