A Good Conscience
Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, “Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.”
A Clean Slate
If you remember the life of Saul before the Lord changed his name to Paul, you will remember how he was persecuting the church and killing Christians. He was not considered a good person in our perspective. But here in this verse Paul says to the Sanhedrin council, “I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.” How could he say such a profound statement?
Paul knew his past was not good. But he also knew that he had received God’s forgiveness and grace. Even though he had previously acted out violent persecutions against Christians, he was a new person in Christ. He always used his testimony to show people how Jesus changed his life. So Paul could honestly stand before the council and declare that he had a good and clear conscience before God. His slate was clean and he was cleared from all unrighteousness.
That is a great way to live. We should all seek to live before God with a good conscience. The only way you can effectively do so is to confess your sins and turn from all evil. A problem occurs when we confess our sin but keep doing the same sinful things. We are to confess, repent, and turn away from repeating the same sins. The only way to receive a good conscience before God is to be clean and free from sin. Paul was able to let the past stay in the past and live in the present for the Lord. Is there any sin in your life that is troubling your soul and keeping you from having peace with God? Confess and repent today.
Pray and ask God to reveal any unconfessed sin and repent from it today.