'HOLDING ON TO FAITH AND A GOOD CONSCIENCE.' 1 TIMOTHY 1:19 NIV
Paul writes to Timothy: 'My son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith. Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander? Not much. But what we do know is sobering. Having failed to develop, protect, and live by a conscience grounded in God's word, they ended up spiritually shipwrecked. What a picture. A fine sea-going vessel lies shattered on the rocks because it got off course. The saying, 'Let conscience be your guide,' needs one more phrase added: 'As long as your conscience is grounded in God's word.' When we want to do our own thing and go our own way, we tend to justify it by saying, “If it feels so right how it be wrong?”' Understand this: If God's word says something is wrong; it's wrong no matter how right it feels! Your conscience must line up with the unchanging truth of Scripture. When the ultimate arbiter of your choices and actions is 'feeling,' the winds of temptation, compromise and comfort will sweep you off course and will end up you shipwrecked. The apostle John gives us an all-important reason for keeping our conscience in good repair: 'If we don't feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do things that please him' (1 John 3:21-22 NLT).
Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: I Kings 3-5, Mark 14:12-19, Ps 101, Pr 12:12-13 www.mpbs247.org