“Although I have no bad conscience at all, that is why I am not justified; but the one who judges me is the Lord.”
(1 Corinthians 4: 4)
“It is God who justifies”.
Taking stock of our life means judging between good and bad, between true and false, useful and useless … assuming we are able to make that evaluation. In each of us there is an indicator that can help us, it is our conscience. In the Latin origin of this word is the idea of ”knowing.” But as we do not know everything, our conscience is necessarily limited.
Therefore it is difficult to take stock, it is difficult to be at peace, because it would be very pretentious to believe that he who knows “everything”, that is, GOD, has the same way of seeing things as I do. The Bible talks a lot about good and evil, about justice and injustice. She is the Word of the LIVING GOD; Let us be attentive to his warnings. She reveals some demands of GOD, among which we find: “You will fear GOD”, “you will love your neighbor”, “you will not covet”, “you will not commit adultery”, etc.
No one can claim to have fully respected their demands. For GOD we are all guilty, but we can also all be acquitted, justified, definitively released from any accusation. GOD himself gave the means to save us, to JESUS CHRIST, who was condemned in our place. The punishment our sins deserved fell on him (Isaiah 53: 5), so at last we can have a good conscience before GOD.
And now he kindly invites us to trust him and thank him.
Beloved FATHER, thank you for your beautiful promises that are food for our life. “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore choose life, that you may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19). In the name of JESUS. Amen and Amen.