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S "...I thank God, whom I serve...with a clear conscience..." 2 Timothy 1:3
O Here we have Paul, the Apostle, writing perhaps his final letter to his young protege Timothy. Pregnant words. Lasting words. Encouragement and principles to love, live, and lead by.
A What got a hold of me in today's reading [2 Timothy 1-4] was that Paul had come to a place where at last his life was characterized by a clear conscience.
How does one get a clear conscience? Choices made in line with what one belives? Decisions to act out of conviction? Radical "If your hand causes you to do something stupid cut it off" lifestyle u-turns?
A clear conscience, for me, is priceless. Hope flows out of a clear conscience. Will, the force of my will is set free by a clear conscience. So too is my ability to love my wife, listen to my kids, perform my duties.
And what of a dark conscience? Things all to familiar. Sickness to my soul. Shame like a wet winter coat. Dread.
P Father, thank You for your patience on my life journey. You have seen every bonehead move I have made, every mess made in publice and in private and every time I have come back You have welcomed me with open arms. Thank You that in a few key areas of my life I have a clear conscience - no secrets - just gratitude.
My journal entry from the "run" reading plan. SOAP daily helps grow a Godly lifestyle.