There is no substitute for a clear conscience. Sin burdens our hearts and makes us guilty and afraid of being caught. In the midst of sin, we are constantly looking over our shoulders (Proverbs 28:1a). People who don’t have Christ in them are strangers to God. Fear and guilt build up over the years as the day of their death and final judgment approaches. God wants that fear and guilt to drive the unsaved to Jesus. He wants the lost to repent or turn from their sin and selfishness and come to Jesus for forgiveness, mercy, and grace. If you have not accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, today’s verse gives you a strong reason to do so. Jesus has the power to take away the burden of your sin. He can replace your fear and guilt with love and peace and assurance that you are God’s friend and child instead of His enemy. If you honestly turn to Him in faith, Jesus will not turn you away. He stands ready to receive all who will love and follow Him.
For Christians, today’s passage reminds us that in Christ, we can be courageous and confident. We no longer have to fear eternal judgment for our sins. We can be “bold as a lion” (Proverbs 28:1b) because Jesus has saved us and is now on our side forever. Romans 8:1 tells us plainly: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” In Christ, all of our sins that we have ever committed and ever will commit have been forgiven forever. The slate has been wiped clean by the precious blood that Jesus shed for us on the cross. Now, in practice our sin is still a very real problem that we must wrestle with every day. We want to strive to avoid sin so that we will not hurt our fellowship with our Father. Whenever we realize that we have sinned, we want to confess it to God quickly to restore our clear consciences before Him. When we sin, God has the right as our Father to discipline us as He see fit. He may use tough consequences to get our attention and get us back on the path of righteousness. But we never lose our status as His adopted sons and daughters. We can remain courageous in Christ in today and everyday. Lift you chin up and look to Jesus today!
The Text (Proverbs 28:1)
28:1 The wicked flee when no one pursues,
But the righteous are bold as a lion.
Questions to Think About
- After you accepted Christ, did you experience a change from fear and guilt to acceptance and love in your relationship with God? Did any Christian mentors and/or Bible passages help you understand this important change? What happened?
- Do you struggle sometimes to be courageous and confident as a Christian? Why or why not? Why do you think that God wants His people to be “bold as a lion”?