July 28, 2021

1 Corinthians 4:4
My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.

 

We’re talking this week about our internal compass. Our internal compass is our conscience, that inner instinct, that sense, or that voice within us which essentially communicates “yes” or “no”. Is this direction good for me and my life, or not? Is this action something I should choose, or not? We often perceive our internal compass as something like a sense of unrest or a sense of peace. And whether we like it or not, learning how to sort through these senses, and learning what is God’s voice versus another voice, that learning is a foundational part of our lives in Christ, and it’s often a lifelong process.

Our passage this week is from the Apostle Paul, and it is a passage worth reflecting upon. Paul makes a fascinating point: his internal compass is currently clear, he is at peace within himself. Yet, he acknowledges that he may still be guilty before God and not even know it. Paul casts his ultimate fate upon the mercy of God’s judgment and not on his internal voice.

Let’s read today’s verse again, and let’s pause and consider what God is speaking to each of us about our own internal compasses. What is the status of my conscience? In what ways am I likely not innocent even though I’m not feeling that way? And then what might God be nudging me to do about it?

1 Corinthians 4:4
My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.

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