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A Good Conscience (1 Timothy 1:5)

Introductory Thoughts

Those with a broad understanding of scripture recognize that charity functions as the peak of Christianity (see 1 Corinthians 13:13). Yet, few students consider the fact that a good conscience is mentioned within the same context (1 Timothy 1:5). A good conscience was a key component of Paul’s charge to young Timothy (1 Timothy 1:18-19). It was also part of Peter’s admonition to the believers to whom he wrote (1 Peter 3:16). In Paul’s own life, it was one of his chief concerns to serve the Lord with a good or a pure conscience (1 Timothy 3:9; 2 Timothy 1:3). It may require work, but the early believers saw the importance of putting forth the effort to maintain a good conscience.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): When we have a good conscience, we have obeyed God and have not offended God nor man. Paul gave some guidelines for a good conscience (Romans 13:8-10; 1 Timothy 4:12; Titus 2:1-8; Titus 3:1-2, 8). Is your conscience good right now?
  • (For everyone): Why is a good conscience so important to the believer who desires to know more of the truth? How does a good conscience help the believer to please the Lord?
  • The believers who put away faith and a good conscience were likened to those who were shipwrecked (1 Timothy 1:19). Why is this such a wonderful comparison?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask God to protect your conscience.
  • Thank God for reminding you of the importance of a conscience.