2 Corinthians 1:12
“For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.”
At the end of every day, you have to live with yourself. Your conscience is the greatest revealer of who you truly are as a Christian. What you do in front of others is not who you are, but what you do when nobody is watching is the real you as a Christian.
As a Christian, your conscience tells you what you really are as a Christian because the Holy Spirit works through your conscience. The Holy Spirit will prick your conscience when you do wrong, and He will also give peace and approval of right living through your conscience. In the verse above, Paul reveals the secret to having a clear conscience. He identifies the three ways a Christian should walk in this world. Let me share with you the three ways that the Christian should walk.
First, the Christian should walk in simplicity. In a world that is filled with people always trying to have more than the next person, God makes it clear that the Christian should walk in simplicity. Hebrews 13:5 clarifies this when it says, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have…” The easiest way to walk in simplicity is to be content with what the LORD has given you. Your conscience will never be at peace with the LORD if you can’t be content with what He has given you. You won’t find peace in the Christian life if you have to prove your spirituality by an elaborate lifestyle. Worldly possessions never dictate one’s spirituality; instead, it is how you live for Christ in this world that reveals your spirituality. This will only be done when you choose to live the simple life by being content with what you have.
Second, the Christian should walk in sincerity. In other words, there should be a transparency about your Christian walk that no matter when people see you they will always find you to be the same. The Christian cannot have a clear conscience when they live a double life. The double life will one day be discovered, and the reputation you have built will either be validated or rejected depending upon the sincerity of your walk. My friend, how you live in public should match how you live in private. If people were to ask your family what type of person you are, they should not discover another you; rather, they should discover that you are always the same. When your Christian walk is transparent, you never have to put on a show because the life you live is the real you.
Third, the Christian should walk in God’s grace. In other words, your treatment of others should be the same as God treats people. People should see your treatment of others as a mirrored image of how the LORD treats them. When you treat everyone graciously, you never have to avoid the presence of someone who you mistreated. When you have to punish someone, punish them in a manner that you don’t destroy them and their confidence to do anything for the LORD. People should not run in fear of being in your presence, but they should love to be in your presence because of your gracious treatment and spirit towards others.
What is the testimony of your conscience in these three areas? If you can master these three areas, you will find that your conscience will be at peace with yourself and God.