A Sensitive Conscience
Bible Reading: 1 Timothy 1:18-20
We continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
We've probably experienced the feelings that result when we do something our conscience has warned us against. We've felt the shame, and we may have distanced ourselves from God as a result. We may find that our conscience has been revived as we've worked through recovery. A healthy conscience is a necessary tool for recognizing wrong and taking a personal inventory. There are things we can do to help reactivate a conscience that has been damaged or put to sleep.
Paul told Timothy, "Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear" (1 Timothy 1:19). The word conscience literally means "having a co-perception." It describes the act of perceiving our will and the will of God simultaneously. As we learn what the will of God is, we can set that perception alongside our own, thus strengthening our conscience. As we exercise our choice to do what is right (i.e., God's will), our conscience will be clear.
One way to strengthen our conscience is to apply ourselves to study the Bible. Paul said, "Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15). Doing these things will help us become better able to recognize the sin in our lives, so we can promptly deal with it.
When we've discovered what God wants of us, we've also discovered the shortest road to inner peace.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.