Proverbs 28:1 The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions. 17 A murderer’s tormented conscience will drive him into the grave. Don’t protect him! 18 The honest will be rescued from harm, but those who are crooked will be destroyed.
Guilt is a terrible feeling and even worse, a terrible bed-partner. If you have ever tried to go to sleep with a guilty conscience, you know what I mean.
It is to our benefit to live a life that is a pure as possible. The purer our life, the more boldness we have to stand for the truth. Perhaps this is one of the reasons the church today lacks the power of God.
We read in Acts 5, a story about a man named Ananias and his wife, Sapphira, who tried to lie about their commitment to the Lord. They pretended to give a large sum of money to the church, when in reality, they hadn’t. The consequence of their deception was the Lord striking both of them dead.
Though such chastening seems very severe, it had a positive effect upon the church. Scripture says that great fear fell upon the church. No doubt many began to examine their lives and to question the validity of their walk with the Lord. Once lives were cleansed through confession, there was a great outpouring of supernatural power. Many brought their sick to the church and were healed. In addition, there was unity among the brethren. It would be harder to hold a grudge once you knew that it might cost you your life.
The Holy Spirit uses our conscience to help guide us as believers. Note Paul’s words to young Timothy.
1 Timothy 1:19 Cling tightly to your faith in Christ, and always keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked. 20 Hymenaeus and Alexander are two examples of this. I turned them over to Satan so they would learn not to blaspheme God.
The book of Proverbs teaches us – ‘The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.’ Be bold as a lion. Keep a clear conscience.