A Clean Conscience

We had been teaching our boys about having a clean conscience when the youngest one came to me with a serious confession. I think he was about 4 or 5 years old at the time. He had picked his nose. His conscience was violated and he knew that confession would allow him to be free of the matter. We laugh about it, but twenty years later he still has a keen sense of right and wrong and that’s a good thing.
In our society, the lines of what’s right and wrong have become blurred. Surprisingly, even in the church where you’d expect people to have clarity, many are confused over basic issues. God expects His people to be diligent in learning to correctly discern right from wrong.
Paul encourages Christians that the will of God is our sanctification. (1 Thess. 4:1-4) When I got married, I told my wife I loved her. Apparently that wasn’t enough, and I’ve needed to daily reassure her. If we don’t feed and water our chickens on a daily basis, they stop producing eggs. If we are not actively seeking God for our personal sanctification on a daily basis, we will settle into a mundane walk with Jesus. It would be like kissing your sister …missing the punch. Our hearts will grow cold towards God.

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