Of all the gifts God has given to man, I must say, "conscience" ranks at the top of the list.
Did you ever hear the saying, "let your conscience be your guide" well, that may be reliable or it may not, it all depends on HOW our consciences are informed.
Think of your conscience as a GPS, guiding you in all your moral decisions. Keep in mind, that any GPS is simply a receiver being informed by a constellation of 27 Earth-orbiting satellites.
In order for your GPS to work properly it must be guided and informed by these satellites. Our consciences are in some ways similiar to a GPS, in order for our consciences to work correctly they must be properly informed.
Our consciences can experience unhealthy guilt (improperly informed) as well as healthy guilt (properly informed).
How are our consciences properly informed? Conscience needs to receive its signals from the Word of God. "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness" (2 Timothy. 3:16, New International Version).
It makes sense since God has created us with a conscience that He would also give us the satellite (Bible) to properly inform our consciences.
In Edgar Allen Poe's short story The Tell-Tale Heart we see a what can happen to a conscience that has not been properly informed or has just been totally ignored.
The man in the story continues to hear the beating of the old mans heart even though he is dead. A conscience that has been misinformed or ignored can truly bring one to madness.
Let us thank our great God for giving us 1 John 1:9 "if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
The power of the cross can restore our damaged consciences and offer us forgiveness of sins, hallelujah, praise God!!!!!!!!!!
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