Just For Today
A Daily Approach to Prayer and Scripture
Friday, March 7
“We have a good conscience, in all things.”
Heb 13:18 NKJV
What Is Your Conscience Telling You?
Fire alarms have an internal switch triggered by a beam of light. As long as the light is received unbroken by the photosensitive receiver, the detector is quiet. But if smoke, moisture, or an insect obstructs the beam for even a split second, the alarm sounds. Paying attention to that alarm can make the difference between life or death. And your conscience works on the same principle. When sin obstructs the connection between you and God, your conscience signals that something’s wrong. At that moment you should thank God for helping you to feel good about feeling bad. Only a fool would turn off the alarm or develop the ability to sleep through it. While certain things aren’t “wrong” in themselves, they may be wrong for you because of the future God has in mind. That means there are things others can do that you can’t. So instead of being stubborn, rejoice in the knowledge that God has great things in store for you. A French proverb says, “There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.” Listening to your conscience will keep you from going the wrong way. And if you decide to plow on regardless, your conscience will keep you from being at ease with your decision. Always ask yourself this question and you’ll make the right decision: “How will doing this affect my confidence toward God?” The Bible says, “If our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we…do those things that are pleasing in His sight” (1Jn 3:21-22 NKJV).
Saturday, March 8
“Keep your tongue from evil. “
Ps 34:13 NIV
GOSSIP—Don’t Indulge in It
Did you hear about the three women who decided to confess their weaknesses to each other? The first confessed to drinking too much. The second confessed to being jealous of a friend’s good looks. The third said nothing, so the other two pressed her and asked, “Okay, what’s your weakness?” Finally she answered, “It’s gossip, and I can’t wait to get out of here and talk about you two!” Now let’s get serious. The Bible has strong words when it comes to the subject of gossip: “He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin” (Pr 13:3 NIV). “If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless” (Jas 1:26 NIV). “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil” (1Pe 3:10 NIV). Gossip is like mud thrown against a wall—it may not stick but it leaves a dirty mark. And that mark can last a lifetime! So before you take aim, check your target. Ask yourself how much damage you’ll inflict, and how you’ll feel about it afterwards. Solomon said, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Pr 18:21 NIV). Did you get that? You will “eat your words.” You’ll reap the harvest you sow, good or bad. Bottom line: if you’re looking for faults, look in the mirror. When you work on your own shortcomings you’ll have no time left to gossip about anybody else’s.