“…that by them you may wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience.” 1 Timothy 1:18b, 19a (ESV)
What does Paul mean by a good conscience?
I suppose, in the context of what has been entrusted to Timothy, it would involve him “holding faith”.
Not departing from the original doctrine taught to him by Paul.
And having that assurance deep inside that he had “kept the faith”. (2 Timothy 4:7)
It’s obviously important as Paul used the same phrase, “a good conscience“, earlier in verse 5.
But holding firm is not an easy thing to do when we’re constantly assailed by forces trying to distract us, sway us, even break us.
But with God’s help, with God’s grace, we can remain steadfast and true.
prayer : help me Lord to be honest with myself and with you, confessing my sins with a truly repentant heart
action : seek to understand God’s will and purpose for my life