“And see to it that your conscience is entirely clear, unimpaired, so that when you are falsely accused as evildoers, those who threaten you abusively and revile your right behavior in Christ may come to be ashamed of slandering your good lives.” 1 Peter 3:16 Amplified
Is your conscience clear? As a believer we will still sin, but the closer we are to the Lord, the more we let the Holy Spirit fill us and guide us, the quicker we should realize when we’ve done something wrong and then correct it.
In our 3:16 verse today Peter is telling us that we should always stay in a state of having a clear conscience, so that our talk matches our walk. In other words if we say we’re a believer, but we aren’t living that way then how does that help bring others to the Lord? Also, if your walk matches your talk when someone calls you a liar or a thief, or tries to get you in trouble, there will be no basis for their accusation. Then they will be ashamed possibly opening the door for them to become a believer.
2 Corinthians 13:5 says, “Examine, test, and evaluate your own selves to see whether you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruits of it.” Self examination is a key to a strong walk with the Lord, bringing all you do before Him as judge.
Verse 15 of 1 Peter 3 says, “But in your hearts set Christ apart as holy and acknowledge Him as Lord, always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it courteously and respectfully.”
Once we become a believer we are to be His ambassadors to tell others about the wonderful life in Christ. We do that not just in what we say, but more so in what we do.