I. Introduction: This lesson is intended for mature, faithful Christians. Some people have overbearing consciences, this lesson could hurt such an individual if incorrectly applied. For studies on such, see this: https://www.wordsoftruth.net/theoverbearingconscience.html
A. We know the place the word of God has in our lives as our guide and this lesson is not in any way meant to deny or lesson that (Psalms 19:7-11, Psalms 119:9-11, Luke 4:1-4, John 6:63, II Timothy 3:15-17, II Peter 1:3-4, etc.).
- What happens though when we cannot think of book, chapter, and verse when in a situation?
- What do we do when facing situations involving authorized liberties and we have to make wise choices (i.e. I Corinthians 10:23-33)?
- Being careful, for a good conscience in ignorance can result in sin (Acts 23:1; cf. Galatians 1:13).
- Integrity: “Innocence” (Strong’s # H8538)
- Upright: “…straight, upright, correct, right” (Strong’s # H3477).
- Guide: “To transport (into exile, or as colonists): — bestow, bring, govern, guide, lead (forth), put, straiten…” (Strong’s # H5148).
II. Body: There Are Times When You Lean Upon Your Integrity (Proverbs 11:3-6).
A. Righteousness can keep you in the right ways (Proverbs 13:6).
- Not our own righteousness (Luke 18:9-14 and Romans 10:1-3).
- Rather, the righteousness we have of God (Philippians 3:7-9).
- The righteousness that defines us as saints (Ephesians 4:24-5:11 and I John 2:29).
B. Think about innocence, purity (Titus 1:15).
- A good conscience is connected to a pure heart (I Timothy 1:5).
- Being pure brings about right works (Proverbs 21:8).
- Always remembering our purity is not of us (Titus 2:11-14).
- The upright find strength from the way of the Lord (Proverbs 10:29).
- The result of being upright is great (Proverbs 28:10; 28:18).
- You are in a situation wherein things don’t “feel right”. You don’t think of Romans 14:23, but should know that if it doesn’t “feel right”, don’t act.
- Being righteous, innocent, and upright will help you in times wherein “peer pressure” arises even if you’re not thinking of I Corinthians 15:33.
- Even the untaught “knew” some right from wrong (Romans 2:12-15).
III. Conclusion: Psalms 26:1-12
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