They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. –Romans 2:15 NLT
John Calvin, the theologian, spoke of the “divine sense” that God puts into every person. Part of that divine sense is the conscience. Before becoming a Christian, the more we repeated our sins, the less sensitive we became to the feelings of guilt in our consciences. Thomas Aquinas, another theologian, said that the conscience is the God-given inner voice that either accuses or excuses us in terms of what we do.
When reading the news today, pay attention to what people are allowing to happen in our country. Certain lifestyle choices are becoming more and more accepted. It’s not simply that we practice things deserving death—despite knowing the righteous judgment of God—it is that we approve of others who practice them as well (Romans 1:32). Yet, it is so important that we as Christ followers are to keep our hearts pure.
The Holy Spirit was given to us at salvation to be our guiding light. He will help us have the mind of Christ. We should be thanking God daily for His Word that exposes the lies we tell ourselves to make us feel better. Our feelings of guilt are the signal that there’s probably something wrong with the situation or with our choice. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, and then He leads us to repentance and forgiveness.
Don’t adjust your conscience to fit the culture around you. Ask God for strength not to compromise your faith and hold on to the truth of God’s Word.
Thank you, Father, for sending the Holy Spirit to guide me!