The Gift of Conscience
The Gift of Conscience
What an amazing gift we have — our conscience. It is from the LORD, who in the beginning of time promised a Savior, and then, faithfully kept that promise in Jesus Christ. God’s faithfulness in keeping promises proves, without a doubt, His love for us.
So, here we are being loved. What are we going to do about it? How are we going to use this wonderful gift?
When we accept God’s love, He comes to guide us ever more closely because of our many weaknesses. God created us and He knows how easily we fall. So, as we learn God’s word, He gives us a heightened conscience, that has an even greater appreciation of the holiness of God’s ways.
Our conscience is God’s way of saving us from further sin and showing us the beauty of His holiness. That’s why it is so important to listen to Him. Then, if we are tempted to defy God, we would realize that we would only be harming ourselves. So, we need to listen to our conscience. It’s listening to God.
Our conscience is God with us day and night. We shouldn’t be spoiled, stubborn children, defying our heavenly Father. We need to keep looking at His proven love for us and be thankful for His constant care.
Our conscience is showing us the good way — the right way — the way of true love and faith. When God is trying to take us by the hand and lead us, we have safety there. So following our conscience is our safety. It’s holding onto our heavenly Father’s hand and letting Him carry us.
Treasure this gift of God. Don’t keep defying it. Don’t be stubborn. All God is asking us is to trust Him with our whole life. Do what God tells you. Trust in His way because God knows better than we do what is good and right for us and what will help us in the end.
Following our conscience is just a way of loving and trusting God.
Be confident in God’s love. God has proven His faithfulness. So, we can be confident that He will make all things work out for our good — even when our situation looks impossible.
In our walk with God, we don’t want God to be forced to discipline us when we’re being naughty and disrespectful. We don’t want Him to have to give us a whack on the behind to get our attention. It would be nice if we were more loving in our heart so that we would want to obey our Lord — just because we know He loves us.
Let us treasure and make good use of our conscience because there’s nothing worth living a lie for. God’s love is the only love worth listening to. His is the one love that can always be trusted.
Lack of conscience is a hardened heart. Paul talks about people with hardened hearts giving themselves up over to evil life styles. He says in Romans 1:25, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever.”
The scary part Paul describes in Romans 1:28 saying, “And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper.”
We don’t want God to give up on us and let us wallow in our sinfulness.
If our conscience does not warn us when being tempted, we are in big time trouble. Our heart is being hardened because of constant rebellion. If we allow our hearts to harden even more, we could be lost forever. God’s love will have been wasted on us.
In Titus 1:15-16, Paul describes people who claimed to be Christian, but taught myths. He said,
“To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.”
God help us to listen to our conscience.