Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Listen to Your Conscience

It is rather easy and painless to ignore or silence the little voice within us, our conscience. It is our conscience where God speaks to us about right and wrong, good and evil, and what is loving or selfish. John Stott said of our conscience, “It was your great American wit, Mark Twain, who once said, "Man is the only animal that blushes, and the only animal that needs to." We are ashamed, are we not, of things we've done in the past? Nobody is free who is unforgiven. Instead of being able to look God in the face or to look one another in the face, we want to run away and hide when our conscience troubles us.”

Let us all determine to listen to God when He speaks to our hearts through our conscience and obey all that He tells us. If we have sinned, may we be quick to respond to the Spirit of God speaking through our conscience and repent. Godly sorry finds forgiveness from God and the grace to change. Paul determined to please God with a blameless conscience, “There shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men.” Acts 24:15-16 What motivated Paul to always maintain a blameless conscience? The resurrection - his resurrection! He knew he would see God, and His love for Jesus Christ motivated him to please God with a blameless conscience.

You will see Jesus too! Are you keenly aware of that fact? Are you living your life with a blameless conscience? Ask God for the grace to do so. Ask others for their prayer and support to follow the little voice of the Holy Spirit.

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