Inspiration

A Clear Conscience Means a Happy Heart

"What happiness for
those whose guilt has been forgiven! What joys when sins are covered over! What
relief for those who have confessed their sins and God has cleared their record."
Psalm 32:1-2 (LB)

One thing
that causes us to lose our happiness is feeling guilty or ashamed. You've got
to get rid of guilt and maintain a clear conscience if you want to be happy,
because you cannot be guilty and happy at the same time.

Philippians
2:15 says, "Live clean, innocent lives as
children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and
perverse people"
(NLT).

You might
say, "I'd like to be happy, but how do I keep my conscience clear when it's not
clear right now?" You need to do what Psalm 32:1-2 says: "What happiness for those whose guilt has been forgiven! What joys when
sins are covered over! What relief for those who have confessed their sins and
God has cleared their record"
(LB).

Happiness,
joy, and relief are three things everybody's looking for in life. We all want
to be happy. We all want to enjoy life. We all want relief from our pain. The
Bible says it comes from purity, and purity comes from forgiveness through
God's grace.

So, here's
one way to maintain a happy heart: Keep a clear conscience.

This means at
the beginning and at the end of every day doing a spiritual inventory, where
you talk to God about anything that is standing between you and him, and you
deal with the junk from your day. You practice what's called spiritual
breathing - you breathe out your sins in confession and you breathe in God's
power and cleansing. God promise that "if
we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and
purify us from all unrighteousness"
(1 John 1:9 NIV).

Talk It Over

  • What
    do you need to talk to God about today so that you can clear your conscience?
  • How
    do you need to restructure your life so that you make time each day to do a
    spiritual inventory
  • Would
    others consider you a "bright light" in the world for Jesus Christ? What does
    your happiness in Christ say to the rest of the world?
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