Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.”
Solomon, in Proverbs 4:23
What you think you are may be accurate or inaccurate. But what your heart thinks is always what you really are (Prov. 23:7). Keeping your heart free from condemnation is a matter of life and death. Condemnation in the heart will open a door to all kinds of ungodly influences. A pure heart is open to Jesus and recognizes his voice.
How do you escape condemnation? First, if you think that a certain thing might displease God, don’t do it and don’t say it. As my pastor used to tell me, “If you have a doubt about anything, stay away from it.” Secondly, if you feel condemnation, tell Jesus about it. He is the only one who can help, and he will wash it from your heart if you humble yourself and turn from the thing that brought the condemnation into your heart in the first place.
Paul told young Timothy, “Keep yourself pure!” That was the love of God speaking through Paul to Timothy. God wanted Timothy to have a blessed and happy life. If this world was a good place, that is what young people would see on billboards and in TV commercials instead of enticements to wickedness.
“Our rejoicing is this,” wrote Paul, “the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and more especially toward you.”
If you have a “conscience”, it is only because God loves you. Your conscience is really Jesus letting you know what is right and wrong. You can trust your conscience because you can trust the Lord. A man without a “conscience” is a man despised by God and without hope. Listen to what Jesus is saying to you. If you do, you will begin to discern what will be right and wrong to do, before you do them. You will not have to “try things out”. You will know. And in knowing what is right and wrong before deciding what to do, you will avoid many a heartache, you will please God, and your conscience will be clear.