1 Peter 2:19  For this [is] thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

1 Peter 3:16  Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

Peter reminds us that having a good conscience towards God at times means that I may suffer for doing what is right. And, my desire to live with a good conscience for Jesus may result in being slandered, misunderstood, and shamefully accused. In any and all forms of opposition, silence, not retaliation, is the proper biblical response, with Jesus Christ Himself setting the example. “For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.” (1 Peter 2.20, 21)

Remember that Paul said that he exercised himself to have a conscience void of offense before God and men. Life is God’s gymnasium wherein we exercise our consciences. People and circumstances are God’s tools that God uses to develop our conscience. Thus, we must realize that in making a conscious effort (no pun intended) to have a good and clear conscience, we may fall short along the way as we grow in grace and the knowledge of Jesus. But the more we practice those little lessons of doing what is right, especially when no one is watching, we will gain strength in this important part of walking with Jesus.

When you sin and disturb your conscience, confess your sin. Make amends necessary. Learn whatever lesson needs to be learned. And with that experience in your resume, go forth and be a bold witness of The Name.