Acts 23:1 “Brethren I (Paul) have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day.”

Acts 24:16 “In view of this I (Paul) also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience before God and before men.”

Sometimes in our Parliamentary chambers there is what is known as a “conscience vote” where the legislators are allowed to vote according to their own personal conscience rather than according to an official line set down by their political party.

If all consciences were attuned to the Law and will of God then there would be a 100% majority vote all the time.

And the righteousness that would follow would exalt a nation.

And yet, this is not usually the outcome.

What does that say of our elected members?

If consciences are not aligned to the Law of God, written on our hearts, then those consciences are evil, degenerate, and defiled and often seared through lying and hypocrisy.

Our conscience bears witness with us that what we do is what God wants. When we do something that is not aligned to His will, we become troubled by it or bothered by what has just happened, whether in thought, speech or deed. Just as David’s conscience was bothered when he cut the corner of Saul’s garment in the cave. If this be the case, we need to immediately act on seeing it right, through repentance and inviting the blood of the blameless Jesus Christ to cleanse us once more. This way, we continue to have this reliable witness to ourselves before both God and men. We then have a clear and good conscience. All this is for the end purpose that we might continue to serve the Living God.

As we continue to act out His will for our lives our conscience grows in strength and becomes more finely tuned or more sensitive, so to speak, to the Way of truth. So much so, that, as we continue to mature, we “discover” that even the “small things” matter to God, as to how we act, speak and think, both before God and before men. And the road appears hard-er to travel on. But it is not so much harder, as it is “narrow-er”, and ‘narrowing’ all the time, in our journey of being “perfected” and matured into Christ.

Therefore, in our maturity, we should not contend with those who have a weak-er conscience to us, but allow, exhort and edify such ones in love, to see them brought through into maturity also.

Our conscience is the go-between, between our hearts and our thoughts, testifying to us that we are on the right track, and as Paul declared of his own standing, that we too, might maintain a blameless disposition before both God and man in this regard, in order that we might stand confident before God on Judgement day.

Thanks be to God that he has given each one of us a way that we can affirm God’s will and know it, enabling us to set our course aright and to travel on that path of righteousness. For there will be a resurrection of the righteous and the wicked. And our clear, good and blameless conscience will take us there, to where our hope is.

For His Name’s sake.

And

For conscience’s sake.

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