In Acts, Paul states that he strives always to keep his conscience clear before God and man. I read that and paused, thinking over the stages and phases of my life. An unclear conscience is like a jail cell, the bars in place to keep true communication from happening with God or man. I know that far too well. A clear conscience equals freedom that upholds nothing but the truth. It allows peace and calm to reign in the soul. It is essential.
Dear God, I am thankful for the benefits of age and wisdom. I can see as I did not in years past the exceptional, brilliant beauty and value of truth. I am grateful for forgiveness through Jesus Christ and that through Him we, His children, can move on, always toward a greater peace. May I continue to hold this peaceful, calm soul always through my clear conscience, and may others come to know the same. Amen.
When I think about the Apostle Paul in the book of Acts, it’s clear that he had an incredible level of persistence. Whether he was accepted or stoned, treated with hospitality or told to leave, he held true to the one and only faithful God. He moved from place to place, always wisely, with a deep understanding of the people and the circumstances. He moved as God directed. He had the utmost faith, and he trusted God.
I’m not always sure how to “get” what God is saying. I’m not always clear that what I think is His voice really is, when my own brain is likely moving in some other direction a little too fast. Some slowing is in order, some thinking, and absolutely more prayer.
Lord, I know that you are there. I know with certainty that you will never give up on me as Your child. I pray for a listening heart, one that honors and discerns Your precious will. I pray that I will give to others the care and patience and love that You show to me. Forgive me for rushing headlong into my own life without consideration of Your plan for it. Grant that I might think of You first, always and forever.