Play solid Listen Signal stream duotone UCB Radio Network
APR 27
0:00 0:00

April 27, 2020 · Bob Gass

Live by your convictions (2)

“My conscience is clear…It is the Lord who judges me.” 1 Corinthians 4:4 NIV

Daniel was forced to decide if he was going to be a conformer or a transformer. What’s the difference? Pressure controls a conformer. If you place enough pressure on them, they’ll cave. If you put enough pressure on them, they will smoke the first joint, they will take the first drink, they will do what everybody else is doing. But principle governs a transformer. You say, “Living that way is very demanding.” Yes, and it’s very protective. God knows better than we do how to avoid pain, frustration, and destruction in our lives. Because He sees the cliff’s edge clearer than we do, He places guardrails next to the drop-off. And when we follow His commands, we avoid heartache, pitfalls, and the loss of our reputation. Refusing to eat the king’s meat was not a matter of diet but of dedication to God. Now, we’re not advocating the idea to “let conscience be your guide.” Your conscience is not always a good guide. Because you don’t think something’s wrong doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think it’s wrong. Your conscience can be damaged, and it can be burned. The Bible speaks of “having [your] conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:2). Paul wrote, “My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.” Nevertheless, the conscience question is the first you should ask when faced with a difficult decision. Rarely do you make a good choice to do something, if you know doing so will take your conscience on the dreaded guilt trip. So, live by your convictions.

Bible in a year: 1 Samuel 13-14 and John 11:1-29

Previous Daily Encouragement

The power of a shared faith

If you want to know how the person you’re marrying will look twenty-five years from now, look at their parents and you will get...

Kids and kites

Letting go of our children is one of the toughest phases of parenting. Erma Bombeck compared it to flying a kite. “Mom and dad...

God can cancel your past (3)

One of Christ’s last declarations from the cross was, “It is finished.” That phrase comprises just one word in Greek, tetelestai, meaning “paid in...

God can cancel your past (2)

Have you ever watched children playing with an Etch A Sketch? If they make a mess of the picture, all they have to do...

God can cancel your past (1)

Jesus “cancelled the record of the charges against us…by nailing it to the cross.” The word cancel means to remove, to neutralize, to offset...