Have you ever had a guilty conscience? Sure. We all have, and it’s not a good feeling. But we should be thankful for our conscience because it is a gift from God. It sends us signals about right and wrong. It helps us to make good choices or to correct bad ones.
But how does conscience know what to make us feel guilty about? Where does it get its information? Much of it comes from our upbringing or from our secular society. That’s why it is vitally important to know the Bible. It gives us God’s view of right and wrong. It arms our conscience with truth, strengthening us to resist the weak morals and lame rationalizations of a morally decadent society.
A young man who had been a Christian only a short time was sent to Asia for a military assignment. He was surrounded by temptation and open invitations to sin. No one back home would ever know. When he got back to the States, he said, “I’m so glad I studied the Bible I went. When you’re 10,000 miles from home, it’s easy to think you’re 10,000 miles away from God. But the Scriptures and my conscience were my source of strength in resisting temptation.”
Thank God for your conscience. Arm it with the truth of God by learning His Word. You’ll be glad you did – wherever you are! – Dave C. Egner
My conscience must be well-informed
From God’s own sacred Word,
For conscience may be much deformed
When standards pure are spurned. – Fraser
Conscience is a trustworthy compass if the Word of God is our chart.
- August 5, 1992, Our Daily Bread