How many people around us are searching for peace, especially in these turbulent times? Peace can be found, we can all have it, but we will only attain true peace when we have a clean conscience. And our conscience becomes clean when we abandon our sins because that’s when Jesus forgives and cleanses us.
Nowadays, many are promoting alternative ways to attain peace and people are fooled into thinking that peace can be found when we possess material goods. But the fact is, if we don’t abandon what contaminates and tarnishes our conscience, there will be no peace. On the contrary, we will have feelings such as fear, doubts and the like. For this reason, many people are living by appearance; they pretend to be at peace whilst living a life that is contrary to God’s principles. But as the word of God teaches us, you will never have peace unless your conscience is clean and you are living a life that pleases Him.
“This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck.” (1 Timothy 1:18-19).
Many people have been suffering and are unable to use their faith due to lack of a clean conscience. When we face challenges and our conscience is clean, we are not afraid. When we return our first fruits to God, say the truth, obey Him, we are at peace; we do not worry about what is happening around us because a clean conscience gives us the certainty that God is with us! Even when we face injustices and we know that we are living a righteous life, we can come before God and cry out for justice. However, when we are living an unjust life; that is when we are living in sin and indulging in the affairs of this world, we won’t achieve the justice that we seek from God.
This is why we must all understand that justice has nothing to do with vengeance; it is about living a life of integrity. Remember King Hezekiah? When he heard that he was about to die, he turned to God with boldness and asked Him to remember how he had walked before Him because He knew he was living a life of justice. Put simply, his conscience was clean before God (see ll Kings 20:1-6).
When we are like this, there is nothing the devil can do against us. He will work tirelessly to try and lead us to sin so that our conscience will be blemished and we won’t have peace. However, as long as we hold on to the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) who is the Lord Jesus and we live a life of righteousness irrespective of what people say about us, we can rest assured that our victory will be certain.
Remember, there is no pillow as soft as a clean conscience.