“And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God,
and toward men” (Acts 24:16).
Sandy was an ultra-thrifty person, who objected to needless laundry expense. When he wore a dress shirt to a banquet or other formal function, he always put it away carefully for future use. On one occasion when dressing for such an event, he took a used shirt out of the drawer and examined it with care, hoping to be able to wear it that evening. Not being quite sure of its strict cleanliness, he took it to the window, where he could look it over in a better light. His wife, Jean, noticed him shaking his head as though fearful that it would not pass careful scrutiny.
“Remember, Sandy,” she called to him, “if it’s doubtful, it’s dirty.” That settled it. The shirt went into the dirty laundry pile and a clean one took its place.
Jean’s words may well speak to every believer concerning things about which the conscience raises any question whatsoever. The Apostle Paul could confirm, “I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day” (Acts 23:1). Can you say that?