"...we are confident that we have a clear conscience,
wishing to act rightly in every respect."
Hebrews 13:18 (NAB)
To have a clear conscience should be our desire and the goal for which we strive towards; that at the end of the day we have no reason - after an honest searching of motives and a careful rehearsing of the day's actions - to feel shame and guilt for either commiting an evil act, omitting a good deed, or harboring ill-will. What greater and more challenging contest can a man win - especially one who professes faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who is
separated from sinners
higher than the heavens*
- than to be reckoned as blamesless because he acted blameslessly and not just because he is depending an the oft told fairy tale that "God doesn't see our sins"?
Knowing by experience that the conscience is clear, the believer can truly rejoice in the confidence that he has been a true reflection of God's only Son to the world, and he need not contrive any anemic excuses for failing to obey any of God's commands. Regardless of any reproach for sinning the hostility others may fancy to heap on and irrespective of any accustions of having selfish motives the self-righteous pin against those who follow Christ, "if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence with God" (1 John 4:17).
The falsely accused has experienced a clear conscience before God. Having the testimony of the Holy Spirit that he has the divine approbation, his confident standing before the holy God is not diminished; "the righteous are as bold as a lion" (Proverbs 28:1).
To be confident that God is pleased with us, that our life has brought him happiness, is all one really needs for a good nights' sleep.