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Going Passed the Obstacles
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Change Your Mindset
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The Testimony of Conscience

Micklers Beach near Ponte Vedra Florida

Micklers Beach near Ponte Vedra Florida

For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward. 2 Corinthians 1:12

There are two ways to live. One is by fleshly wisdom. The other is by grace. Paul chooses grace.

Paul’s rejoicing or boasting is in a clear conscience. The witness of his conscience is that he lived and behaved in this world by relying on God’s grace. This verse may be an answer to some who accused him of insincere motives and speaking out of his worldly wisdom. In other places, Paul says some had questioned his apostleship.

Paul was not concerned about what man thought. He was living by grace and speaking in simplicity and godly sincerity. His conscience was witness. This is how he lived. He was preaching the Gospel of Grace and he put the needs of the hearer first.

Even today, those who preach the Gospel of Grace are accused of preaching a contrived gospel allowing anyone to do as they please and not be subject to the moral laws of God. The Gospel of Grace is too simple they say and gives license for sin. The truth of the matter is that in the New Covenant God has written His laws on the heart. We obey not out of legalism, but love. There is no desire to sin because love is perfected in us through the finished work of Jesus. Not that we do everything perfect, but His perfect love is in us.

Grace is a gift. We come to know grace through the knowledge of Jesus. (2 Peter 2:2) Living by grace gives witness to our conscience that we are obeying the requirement of the New Covenant, which is simply believing.