Obtaining a clear conscience will be harder for some people than for others. But the joy and freedom you will find at the end of that journey of obedience cannot be matched! Here are testimonies from two different individuals whose hearts God impressed to deal with offenses toward others. They were written to us by people who sat through a Life Action event in their church:
From Skepticism to Forgiveness
Eight days ago, God found me skeptical. Going my own way left me very bitter and angry and wondering why things were so hard. I’m stubborn by nature and inclined to be independent. But on Friday of this week, I had a very bad day at work. A co-worker wronged me. Before this week I know my natural reaction would have been immediate resentment. Instead I prayed the “God, I need You” prayer, and I found peace I didn’t know I’d never had. I knew to forgive her and to go to her for my own forgiveness. Instead of spending the weekend thinking about how wrong she was and getting mad and bitter, I’m ready to forgive her and move forward. I know now how to practice forgiveness and gratitude. It will be hard, but I’m ready to let my life be driven by love like Christ’s and not by anger and bitterness. I am glad God can work even through my skepticism to open my heart and mind to what I need.
Healing from Resentment
This past Tuesday, I was convicted of my resentful heart. I had been praying for God to heal my heart of this for some time, and last night I knew I needed to take action to be a good witness and show forgiveness. I picked up my phone and contacted a family member I’ve held bitterness toward. They responded with kindness that was unusual. God’s healing was in His time, and I’m so grateful for the timing of His conviction in me as He has worked to soften me. To Him be the glory!
Thoughts from Others
“There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.”
“The testimony of a good conscience is the glory of a good man: have a good conscience and thou shalt ever have gladness.”
(Thomas à Kempis)
“I have to make an effort to keep my conscience so sensitive that I can live without any offense toward anyone.”