“I Did It, But Felt Bad Afterward”
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. We should all be living with a pure conscience toward God AND man (Acts 24:16).
1. This requires a good heart and faith (I Timothy 1:5; 19).
2. Understanding that with spiritual maturity comes more ability to discern right and wrong (Hebrews 5:12-14).
B. A defiled conscience says something about you (Titus 1:15).
1. A defiled person is someone who has problems inside out (Mark 7:20-23).
2. So, once again, we see the conscience is a matter of the heart (cf. Hebrews 10:22).
II. Body: I John 3:20-21
A. You know when you’re wrong (Titus 3:9-11).
1. That’s conviction you feel when you’re wrong and know it (John 8:1-11).
2. When you’ve done wrong you, to some degree, have that looking over your shoulder mentality (Mark 6:14-16).
B. When you know you’re wrong, you also know that God knows it too (Psalms 44:20-21).
1. God searches your heart (Jeremiah 17:10).
2. You cannot hide from Him (Jeremiah 23:24).
3. Jesus knows what’s in us (John 2:24-25) and He will judge us (II Corinthians 5:10).
C. You can reach a point wherein you don’t feel guilt any more (I Timothy 4:1-2).
1. This is a point wherein you are past feeling (Ephesians 4:17-19).
2. Therefore, we need to be exhorted to stay steadfast (Hebrews 3:13).
D. Therefore, speak and act with thought BEFORE you say and do things (Psalms 101:2 and Romans 14:22-23).
1. Once guilt settles in the deed is done and consequences have begun (Genesis 37:28 and Genesis 42:21-22).
2. You don’t act first and ask questions later (Proverbs 20:25).
3. Don’t create self-justification (Luke 16:15 and I Corinthians 4:4).
III. Conclusion: There is someone who can help with that guilty conscience (Hebrews 9:13-14) when you do your part (Psalms 32:5, Acts 3:19, I John 1:9, etc.).
© 2013 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager