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Do You Have a Good Conscience?

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"and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.." - 1 Peter 3:13-17

Hypocrisy is defined as "the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform." There may be nothing more damaging to the furtherance of the gospel than a hypocritical Christian. When Christians live their lives in a way that contradicts what they say they believe, or Who they believe in, it is difficult, at best, for others to be attracted to Christ in them. In fact, their hypocritical lifestyle usually results in them turning people away from Christ altogether. However, when we put what we believe into practice by keeping "a good conscience", others will see that we live out what we actually believe! This means we need to be continually finding real, everyday ways to apply the principles we find in God's Word, so that when we are belittled for what we believe, they will see a person committed to Christ, no matter what the cost.

Examine your life today. Are people being drawn to Jesus by your lifestyle or are you living in such a way that is contrary to the beliefs you hold as a Jesus follower?

Agents of Reconciliation

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"My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins." - James 5:19-20

There's a weighty privilege we have as Jesus followers of being agents of reconciliation. It is our job to always be on the lookout for each other because it is the tendency of our flesh to drift away from the truth of the gospel. We need others to remind us of the truth when we begin to stray from it. While we don't have the power to cover sin, we do have the power to be His ambassadors of grace in each other's lives. We have this responsibility to one another and that is the beauty of the gospel. When we wronged God, He was the one to make us right with Himself through His Son's sacrifice on the cross.

Is there anyone in your life who has wandered away from Jesus who you can reach out to today?

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