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A Confession of Our God-given Integrity


Ragamuffin_John

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The Apostle Paul prized a clear conscience and he coveted
this mindset for the Church.

1 Corinthians 4:3-5
3 I care very little if I am judged by you or
by any human court; indeed, I do not
even judge myself
.
4 My conscience is clear, but that does
not make me innocent. It is the Lord
who judges me
.
5 Therefore judge nothing before the
appointed time; wait till the Lord comes.
He will bring to light what is hidden in
darkness and will expose the motives of
men's hearts. At that time each will
receive his praise from God
.

In the natural, Paul had much to lament, namely
his pride and murderous ways toward the followers
of the Way--before his Damascus Road experience.

But, praise God, he was not deemed by God as being
beyond reach. The Apostle John described in breathtaking
terms this freedom of the conscience:

1 JOHN 3:1-20
19 This then is how we know that we
belong to the truth, and how we set our
hearts at rest in his presence
20 whenever our hearts condemn us. For
God is greater than our hearts
, and he
knows everything.

Considering all this, a look at Job 27:3-6 provides an anthem-like
declaration that we followers of Messiah Jesus can readily
declare as our own confession of integrity before the Lord
and this world (I revise certain words and add phrases in
brackets to make it a declaration for each one of us now):
 

3 as long as I have life within me, the
breath of God in my nostrils,
4 my lips will not speak wickedness, and
my tongue will utter no deceit.
5 I will never admit that [the Adversary or
any agency of his] is in the right; till I die,
I will not deny my integrity [which is ensured
through the shed blood of Jesus Christ and my
confession of faith].
6 I will maintain my righteousness [obtained

through the Spirit, Christ himself] and will
never let go of it; my conscience will not
reproach me
[neither through false condemnation

nor for sin forgiven] as long as I live.
__________
Scripture is taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL
VERSION ®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International
Bible Society. Used by Permission of Zondervan. All rights
reserved. Bold text and bracketed words are mine.

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Wonerful message.  We sometimes forget that another person is beyond reach. We need to always remember that God loves us as we are but wants us to become like Him.

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