Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

Hogwash! Words do hurt. It’s better to say, Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will break my heart. The effect of harmful words outlast any physical blow.

Among the trials we face in trying to serve people, few are more devastating than unfounded statements made against us – especially behind our backs with no opportunity to clear the air or defend ourselves. Such accusations can be made against our conduct – things we did not do; against our words – things we did not say; or against our motives – things we did not mean.

How should we respond to false accusations? This Sunday, January 27, I continue a 4-part sermon series called “Motivation for Ministry” from 2 Corinthians 1-2. This week I will talk about having a “Clear Conscience” (2 Corinthians 1:1-12-24). 

We can do the right thing with the wrong motive. But we can also do the wrong thing but have the right motive. It’s always best to do the right thing with the right motive.

Only God knows someone’s true motives. That is why above all things we must have a clear conscience before God. Jimmy Cricket counseled Pinocchio, “Let your conscience be your guide.” But what if we have a bad conscience. In fact, what is our conscience and how does it work?

I hope you will join me this Sunday as we talk about having a clear conscience. We cannot stop people from making critical remarks about the good we are trying to do. But we can do all we can to make sure the accusations are unfounded and we have a clear conscience before God. If my conscience is not entirely clear, I have trouble doing what I should with a pure heart. But if I have a good conscience, I can serve with confidence.

Join us this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.

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