Thursday, October 8, 2009

Accusing or Excusing?

Conscience is “the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one's conduct or motives, impelling one toward right action” (Dictionary.com). The conscience is where we examine ourselves to find a heart devoted to Christ or devoted to this world. A conscience devoted to Christ in all areas of life is a conscience given by Christ.

Romans 2:15 says, “They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them.” Our conscience bears witness to that which God has written on our hearts. Whether we know Christ or not we can discern between right and wrong because in God’s common grace he has made the truth a part of us. Paul says, “Their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them.” Have you ever tried to justify something you knew was wrong? What sin in your life are you excusing when your conscience is accusing you of wrong?

Many times we try to justify our actions through the life of another person. We tend to find the people we see as worse than us and think we are okay because we look morally better. The conscience brutally dismantles this form of logic. James 4:17 says, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” This passage has nothing to do with others but rather speaks to you and me directly. Do you praise God for revealing sin through your conscience so that you may repent and live life abundantly?

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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