People’s approval is a poor substitute for a clear conscience


When your conscience approves of your behavior, you aren’t needy for people’s approval. However, it’s hard to be happy if you continually ignore the disapproval of your conscience.

No one has the right to make you approve of something that you believe is wrong. Social approval is a poor substitute for a clear conscience.

Sin begins as fun, but before you’re done, the fun leaves you stuck in a ton of guilt. For freedom run to Jesus, the Son of God! Christ’s forgiveness will remove your guilt far more effectively than other people’s approval will. Trying to clean your conscience without Christ’s forgiveness is like trying to clean your body without any water.

A troubled conscience is the “still, small voice” of God, guilty thundering from within. TVs are in restaurants and bars a d scads of public places. Have they have become America’s adult pacifier?
Forgetting the meaning of two abandoned words (sin and virtue) has caused our society to spin in confusion.

Christ in you is like a Geiger counter. When you start to sin He sounds off. Then you have to stop sinning or silence Christ.

Guilt doesn’t come from other people judging you. It comes from violating your own conscience. Guilt-free sinning is an oxymoron. God’s grace makes people guilt-free by both forgiving us and freeing us from sin’s control.

Guilt is sin’s payday. Long after the pleasure of sin has faded away, the pain of guilt continues to “pay it forward” and torment your day.
Guilt, produced by sin, will continue to away at our mental health.

Humans have always tried to explain away (or justify) specific sins, however, today, society even denies the existence of sin. “I’m no longer a slave to sin;” when you can honestly sing that, you can be certain you have received God’s grace!

The best way to deal with guilt isn’t to medicate it, but to admit, apologize for, and put away the sin that is causing it. Cut short your guilt trip. Run to Jesus; stop your sin; bask in the joy of His love & forgiveness!

If grace has unlocked your sin cell, don’t sit, stuck in the same ole jail. Get up, walk out, and live in Christ’s glorious freedom!

For freedom from guilt and sin, walk in the light. Regularly confess to God and to a person you trust. 

Love offers care, compassion, and Christ’s forgiveness and deliverance to those caught in sin. It doesn’t excuse sin.

Jesus, flashing like lightening on a dark, rainy night, continually enlightens my soul.

Jesus said that rivers of living water will flow from within you (not from listening to a preacher). Without Jesus’ rivers of living water freely flowing from within me, I feel (and look) like a wilted flower.
Wilted flowers don’t need a sermon, they need water. (Perhaps Christians need Christ’s living water more than another sermon.)

A real “come to Jesus meeting” isn’t a stern, corrective lecture. It’s a gathering of surrender and submission to the risen Jesus!

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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