Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Consciences Within Us

Chuckle:   "God does not believe in atheists; therefore atheists do not exist."
Quote: "A man who loses his conscience has nothing left that is worth keeping." --Izaak Walton
    "So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man" (Acts 24:16 NIV). "I speak the truth in Christ -- I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit" (Romans 9:1 NIV).
"A mother was helping her son with his spelling assignment and came to the words 'conscious and 'conscience.' When she asked him if he knew the difference between the two, he responded, 'Sure, Mom, 'conscious' is when you are aware of something and 'conscience' is when you wish your weren't.'"
The human conscience is a complex subject indeed. We often hear such statements as: "Let your conscience be your guide;" "My conscience is clear;" "I did it with a clear conscience;" "I can sleep well at night;" or "My conscience is bothering me." Sometimes, we see someone do a terrible thing and we react with: "Don't you have a conscience?"
In Scripture, the word for conscience is "that faculty by which we apprehend the will of God, as that which is designed to govern our lives." Hence we feel a sense of guiltiness before God when we sin against him. The Holy Spirit guides the Christian conscience in knowledge and emotion.
The Spirit controlled conscience results in a process of thought which distinguishes what it considers morally good or bad, commending the good, condemning the bad, and so prompting us to do the good and avoid the bad. As we grow in our faith, our consciences become progressively more sensitive to the will of God. If you have occasion to question whether an action is right or wrong, it's probably wrong in the sight of God. Otherwise, your conscience would have allowed you to do it without question.
Have you ever done something after having rationalized that it was not a sin, but you felt a sense of guilt from having done it anyway. As a Christian, when you sin against another person or against God, you will have this miserable feeling of guilt and sorrow. That's because your conscience is being influenced by the Holy Spirit that dwells within you, and is being sensitized to even the nuances of right and wrong. As you allow the Spirit to control your life, your conscience will become increasingly reliable as your moral guide. It could be said that God's Word and the Holy Spirit become the conscience of a Christian.
Love, Jerry & Dotse


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