What Is A Good Conscience?

Bible Summary. All good comes from God to include a good conscience. In order for a conscience to be good it must not be an offense toward God or toward men. Ideally, for a person’s conscience to be good it needs to be based on faith and love. A good conscience is of no use unless it is acted upon in our daily lives. The secret to happiness and joy in our lives is to act on our good conscience. See below for more commentary and scriptural advice on what is a good conscience.

Paul Before Felix
“…I have lived all in good conscience…”

Paul Before Felix

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A Good Conscience Is Not An Offense To God or To Man.

The Bible says that nothing is good unless it come from God. In order for a conscience to be good it must not be an offense toward God or toward men. Acts 24:16 provides advice on how to have a good conscience.

Acts 24:16, “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.”

A Good Conscience Comes From Love and Faith.

Ideally, for a person’s conscience to be good it needs to be based on faith and love. If you have faith in God, then His Truth and commandments (standards), the gospel of Jesus Christ, will be written in your heart. 1st Timothy 1:5 provides advice on love and faith being the source of a good conscience.

1st Timothy 1:5, “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:”

A Good Conscience Must Be Lived.

It is correct to say that someone is in good conscience if they live up to their conscience’s standards. Paul said that he was in good conscience even before he became a Christian believer. When his conscience was raised up to a new level by the revelation of Jesus Christ, he continued in good conscience by following diligently the standards of his new conscience. Living a good conscience based on God’s standards is the best way to live. Acts 23:1 provides advice on how a good conscience should be acted on.

Acts 23:1, “And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.”

The Secret Of Happiness is Acting on a Good Conscience.

The secret of happiness is when our conscience lines up with God, and we act on that good conscience. Because our conscience leads us in our day-to-day activities, our conscience is key for us to have God’s eternal joy. By having a good conscience we can act Godly in an ungodly world. 2nd Corinthians 1:12 provides us advice on the joy of a good conscience.

2nd Corinthians 1:12, “For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.”