Prayer Point for the Week – Let us pray that we would learn to love God and others with purity and a clear conscience.
Questions for Reflection:
1 Corinthians 13:13 tells us that love is greatest thing we can demonstrate in our service for the Kingdom. What kind of love is it? Who in scripture demonstrates this love and how did they do it? Examine your ministry to God and others? To what degree of love does your service give evidence of?
God’s word teaches us in many instances that we need a pure heart. Read Matthew 6:21. What insight does this scripture give us as to purity of heart? Why is a divided heart not considered pure in any intimate relationship? How would you rate your heart before God?
Purity often comes through a refining process. Read 1 Peter 1:6-9. What is the refining process referred to in this scripture? In what ways does it purity one’s heart? How? Reflect upon how a “1 Peter 1” experienced refined your soul.
The conscience is a powerful and important part of who we are as human beings. Read Romans 2:14&15. Why is it so powerful? Why is it important for us to maintain a healthy conscience? What is an easy way to test and see if we are living to maintain a healthy conscience?
According to the 1 Corinthians 8, believers had to be careful to not wound the conscience of others. To whom was Paul speaking of? How did he go about dealing with matters of conscience? To whom was Jesus (and Paul) not worried about offending? Why? How should we go about incorporating these principles in our lives?