“For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward” (2 Corinthians 1:12)
What is our joy and the reason for our rectitude, peace and calm? It is the testimony of our conscience, our soul and Christ revealed in our lives, the moral and righteous keel that keeps us upright in calm and in storm. No pretense or hypocrisy, just truth in thought, word and deed carried by the weight and conviction of the omnipotent God.
The testimony of our conscience preaches constantly. It is a sermon without premeditation or thought for it comes directly from our heart. We are endued with the Holy Ghost and show out of a good manner and life His works with His meekness and wisdom. No ungodly words or character, only that which is good to the use for edifying, uplifting and ministering grace unto all we come in contact with. The testimony of our conscience is a display of the love for God and our fellow man.
In Christ we live, and move, and have our being through the Holy Ghost. It is a life that is simple and sincere for it is obedient and filled with truth and integrity, not of deceit, anger or guile. Unfeigned and unfettered the man of Christ is made manifest as love, joy, peace, patience, forbearance, meekness, goodness and longsuffering.
Fleshy wisdom is the wisdom of self-gratification. Precept and principle are based on feeding a lust or desire. It is a wisdom predicated on self. At best, it will only consider others as civil law or personal self-styled moral code will dictate.
Fleshy wisdom builds intellect and behavior to benefit self. This enables it to justify actions and rewrite standards to better suit its own condition and purpose. God, truth and righteousness are adhered to only when they serve their purpose.
“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith” (Philippians 3:7-9).
When the Holy Ghost quickens our spirit we become aware of God and His love for us. We now have the opportunity and the decision to accept Christ and His spirit into our lives. When we do, God makes His grace available to empower us into His way, character and virtues. We become children of God in the path of righteousness onto salvation. No longer self-seeking, we move with an openness of heart towards God and our fellow man in goodwill and benevolence.