Thursday March 30
Bible Reading: 1 Peter 3: 13 - 17
Topic: A Good Conscience
Christianity is a way of life than a religion.
Though we are in this world we are not of the world (John. 17: 16)
God's standard is that Christians should be role models in everything good. even when we are maliciously criticized and persecuted (vs. 14 - 16)
We are to maintain a good conscience, that is an inner commitment to Christ (v. 15a).
In Acts 4: 36 - 37. Joseph (surnamed Barnabas) stood out as a man of honesty, good conscience and a cheerful giver towards the work of the Lord.
On the contrary Ananias and Sapphirah (of the same Church) (Acts. 5: 1 - 5) compromised their faith on the altar of greed and deceit. This cost them their lives.
Beloved, if the Lord examines you today, would you be seen to have a good conscience? or would He uncover things for which you would be ashamed?
Many Christians today for fear of being stigmatized have compromised their faith and soiled their hands with secret sinful dealings and so no longer having a clear conscience before the Lord.
If you are caught in that trap, this is an opportunity to repent and seek the Face of God for forgiveness and restoration.
Lord Jesus, help me to have a good conscience towards God and men, for I pray in Jesus Name, Amen.
Memory verse: 1 Peter 3: 17
"For it is better if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well being, than for evil doing"
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)