Monday, October 23, 2006

A Conscience Without Offense Towards God

Early Warnings

I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.
Acts 24:16

Recommended Reading
1 Timothy 1:18-20

In Ewa Beach, Hawaii, sits a rather plain-looking white block building with a small ramp leading to the front door. It is unimposing, but what happens there could save thousands of lives. It’s the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, established in 1949. Its purpose is to continually monitor the Pacific Basin for seismic activity and provide early warning flashes for possible tsunamis.

The human heart also has an early warning system, established in the soul, which continually monitors for the seismic activities of sin in our lives. It’s called the conscience, and the apostle Paul’s desire was to serve Christ with a pure conscience (2 Timothy 1:3).

One man quipped, "Conscience is that still small voice that is sometimes too loud for comfort."

Are you listening to your conscience? The Bible warns that if we don’t heed this still, small inner voice, it may become seared and defiled (1 Timothy 4:2, Titus 1:15). When that happens, it’s like disconnecting the sirens and signals from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

If your conscience is speaking to you about some matter, hear it and heed it!

There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.
French proverb

Read-Thru-the-Bible
John 7:1 - 8:30

3 comments:

Anna said...

Hi Christine -

Great post - excellent illustration. I also liked the French proverb a lot.

One of my prayers is that I will always have a sensitive conscience. Hiding God's Word in our hearts helps tune our conscience towards the Lord. Psalm 119:9-11.

Blessings,
Anna

Lewis said...

"If your conscience is speaking to you about some matter, hear it and heed it!"

Yes, my conscience is warning me about people like you you who seem to hate people like me.

Just as your conscience tells you to fight against gay marriage, mine tells me to fight for it, against people like you, since not fighting means giving up part of who I am and giving in to bigotry.

Christinewjc said...

Hello Lewis,

Notice that the verse mentions God first.

I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.
Acts 24:16

Our conscience should be clear before God first, then extended before men.

Perhaps the reason are you fighting against the God of the Bible and "people like me," as you said, is because:

One man quipped, "Conscience is that still small voice that is sometimes too loud for comfort."