What and Why We Have a Conscience

This blog was spurred by Eric’s message back in April. He taught about our conscience. I never really thought about our conscience having been given to us by God. But that makes total sense after I studied it a bit. I shared this at youth this week. It spurred some great conversations. I encourage everyone to think on this and see if it sparks some conversations with your loved ones.

First of all, what’s the definition of conscience? The Cambridge dictionary says: “the feeling that you know and should do what is right and should avoid doing what is wrong; the thing that makes you feel guilty when you have done something you know is wrong”. Hmmmm, kinda sound like something the Holy Spirit might like to join with!  Well, the Greek definition is “joint knowing”. Meaning we have our conscience and the Holy Spirit has a joint knowing of right and wrong. Romans 2:15 “they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness.”  The Hebrew word translates to heart. So our heart could have joint witness within our conscience, which should all have joint witness with the Holy Spirit. So cool!

As Eric pointed out in his sermon, our conscience is God given. We are given this awesome gift to know/do right vs wrong. Now, God also gives us free will, so we are free to choose to go with our conscience or go the opposite direction. If we continually go against the right doing if our conscience it will become seared and that’s where we can get into big trouble. What takes us away?? Well, as Tom preached this past Sunday, DISTRACTIONS!!!!!!!! Yes we all get distracted, but deep down we KNOW what is truly right!! Let’s be honest, if you “skip” church on Sunday, don’t you have this little voice inside going, “why are you here and not at church?”  I know I have. Our conscience and the Holy Spirit are telling us we are suppose to be doing something else. Probably something that is to be advancing the kingdom of God.

Last thought, if you are fearful or feeling tormented, that is not of God and your conscience has gone into overdrive. You may be living in fear. God is a God of peace and comfort. Philippians 4:7 “and the peace of God which transcends all understand, will guard your hearts (conscience) and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Colossians 3:15 “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts (conscience), since as members of one body you were called to peace.”

I left the youth with the song “Give a little whistle,” from the movie Pinocchio. It talks about listening to that small still voice; if you are feeling down and don’t know what to do, give a little whistle. It’s just like, hey conscience and Holy Spirit, what are you telling me?  Is this right or wrong?  God gives us what we need; we just need to tap into God and His word. Our conscience will get into joint agreement and peace will abound.

Sarah Hughes
Youth Ministry Leader

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