Shocking Behavior (Romans 2:15)

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Some people need a little help to know how to act in public. So taxicab drivers in Paris came up with an idea to help their riders behave themselves. It’s an electric cushion rigged to a powerful battery. If the driver notices that his passenger is about to do something unacceptable (like robbing or assaulting him), he pushes a button and zaps the rider with 52,000 volts of low-tension electricity.

That may seem like a drastic way to alert someone who is out of line, but it is a little like the right/wrong monitor God has put in all of us. Each of us is equipped to receive signals to warn us when we have done wrong. It’s called conscience, and it works in everyone – religious or not.

In Romans 2, Paul defined the role of the conscience in people who were not believers, but the same applies to Christians. He called it the law of God written in our hearts (v. 15). It lets us know when we have done good or evil. It either accuses us (as it did for David in 2 Samuel 24:10) or excuses us (as it did for Paul in Romans 9:1).

Although our conscience doesn’t stun us as if we were hit with 52,000 volts of electricity, it is powerful, and we need to listen to it. It can help us avoid some rather shocking behavior. – J. Dave Branon

Our conscience is a gift from God,

It is a guiding light;

And when aligned with God’s true Word,

It tells us wrong from right. – Sper

Conscience is a safe guide only when guided by God.

  • April 5, 1991, Our Daily Bread
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