Having been in the pastor biz for 2 decades now, I have had a lot of people ask me for advice. I’ve found that many of them don’t actually want advice. What they really want is for someone to validate a choice they’ve already decided to make.
They justify their decision by saying that their “conscience is clear.” If they’re really spiritual they say they “have a peace about it.”
This method of decision making is based on a misunderstanding of how our conscience works.
The Apostle Paul tells us that we can make a wrong choice and still have a clear conscience.
1 Corinthians 4:3-4
I don’t even trust my own judgment on this point. My conscience is clear, but that doesn’t prove I’m right.
God did not give you a conscience to show you that you’re right, but to warn you when your wrong.
If you’re considering a decision and your conscience is bothering you, don’t do it.
But don’t ever say, “Well my conscience is clear (i.e. “I have a peace about it”), so this must be right.”
Paul knew that we are all skilled enough at the art of rationalization to fool our conscience into believing that what we want to do is what we ought to do.
Prayerfully search the scriptures and ask Godly people for counsel, but don’t make a decision just because you can say that your conscience is clear about it.