Our Conscience Knows
The conscience discerns what is

right and wrong. 

It is much like an automatic 

warning system within us


which is interconnected


to the highest morals we know.



These warning systems continually 


alert us about our choices.


They send us signals of approval 


when the choices we make


 are noble and upright.  


This warning system is also set up


 to send out red alerts... regarding the


ridiculous and heinous choices


 we make.

The conscience is an awareness 


and/or warning system 


that we should conform to.


Something within the heart 


of every person 


approves when we do right and


rebukes when we do wrong, 


and that something is 


OUR CONSCIENCE.

Our conscience imparts and enlightens.


It is a silent voice of the soul 


that distinguishes right from wrong.

Our conscience sees.


Our conscience sees our behavior, inner and outer,


from an objective point of view.


Conscience is the process of listening to 


our innermost intuition of rightness...


the voice of truth within us.


Conscience is our inner faculty


driving us to prefer right over wrong.


It drives us to do that which we


recognize to be right and restrains us


from doing that which we recognize


to be wrong.

This moral compass inclines us to view life 


situations in an honest and righteous light,


 thus determining that some actions are


 “right” and some are “wrong.” 


Basically... the conscience monitors our


thoughts, motives, actions, and


general manner of life.


Conscience, if we can accept its promptings, 


will guide us through life.



Living in conscience is like inviting God 


to see everything we do,


inwardly as well as outwardly. 

We cannot escape our conscience.


We can disagree with it, desecrate it, 


even harden it, but we can never extinguish it. 


According to the Scriptures, 


"A good conscience, 


desires to conduct itself honorably


 in all things."

God has placed within each of us


 a conscience...

 

an inner sense of right and wrong


 to help us live the way we should.


Every person has a conscience,


which is a monitor and counselor,


differentiating between 


right and wrong.

As we cultivate our Spiritual development... 


 this helps in the evolution of our moral conscience.

When our thoughts, feelings, 


or actions become inappropriate,


our conscience sees the truth.


We live in a fallen world


where we have all been infected by wrongdoings,


and one of the results is that our conscience


gets distorted too.


Our conscience can be desensitized if we fail to listen to it,


even to the extent that we become morally blind,


wavering in moral darkness.


When the upright and heinous choices conflict... 


in good conscience...


we must follow the higher priority of


 honoring God, 


by doing what is good and acceptable,


without question or pause.


God as our Creator, has created us as moral beings. 


As such, God has equipped each of us


 with a "built in" moral conscience. 


 Every child of God has a duty, 


a responsibility, to constantly shape, monitor,


and maintain his or her conscience.



 The shaping or forming of our conscience


simply means educating and training it. 


We do this by learning and taking to heart 


the objective moral law, as found in Scripture.


 This shapes, forms, saturates our conscience 


in objective moral truth.


Our "judgment"


must be properly educated in


God's Word, 


then the conscience will


approve what God approves 


and condemn what God condemns.

We should know that 


we are in trouble...



when, knowingly, we do the



wrong thing and it 



no longer bothers us.


 



The Bible calls this condition...



a seared conscience.




A seared conscience


 is one that is cut off, silenced, 


and is beyond feeling.


If we insist on pushing past the limits

 


our conscience gives us...



we will lose our ability 



to distinguish between 



right and wrong.


Our conscience can be weakened, dulled, 


and dimmed by the sin that we tolerate in our lives. 


When we sin, refusing to acknowledge it as such, 


it soils or defiles our conscience. 


If we understand what it is and how it functions,


it can change our lives. 

New understanding 



comes from within,



not from without.

 An evil conscience is one that is so defiled,


so corrupt, it turns our values upside down,


confusing and blurring the distinction 


between right and wrong,


moral and immoral.

When tempted to do the wrong thing,


 are we listening to our conscience 


or do we just ignore it and keep going?

Conscience does not cater to


 our egocentric view of the world.


The overbearing voice of our ego 


drowns out the voice of conscience...


leaving our perception of conscience


darkened and uncertain.



Then we begin to question ourselves...


'Is that conscience speaking to me, 


or is it my ego?'



Remorse spurs us to improve,


and not repeat the same mistake.


Remorse opens the door to repairing


or making amends for our wrong acts.



Remorse teaches us how to discriminate 


between the voice of ego


and the voice of conscience. 



Our God-centered, wisdom-based conscience 


can serve as a reliable moral compass


in any situation.

Our conscience is like a window. 


When it is clean... 


more light can enter into 


our hearts and lives.

Our truest guidance in the conduct of our life


comes from our own conscience


and we profit spiritually 


by becoming more able to notice


and act on its promptings.

Conscience is ultimately 


the voice of God within us.

Our conscience is a 



trustworthy compass. 


May we keep filling our souls



 with the Word of God each day,



so that God's Commandments 



are in our hearts and constantly in our


consciousness.

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