Learn the subtle way your conscience may keep you from God

The common depiction of conscience. Could it be keeping you from God?

The common depiction of conscience. Could it be keeping you from God?

The following truth can change your life.

There are two ways by which the conscience works. The first is in relation to sin. When we choose sin our conscience takes issue. Our conscience operates correctly when it grabs hold of those unhealthy things which seek to take hold of us (Heb. 10:22). In doing so, our conscience aims to turn us away from sin. This is a very good thing.

The second way our conscience works is in relation to God. When we approach God we are called to examine ourselves (1 Cor. 11:28). As a result, the Lord graciously calls to heart and mind our sin (John 16:7-11). Our conscience is likely provoked within us as it recalls our rebellion.

What happens next is so crucial and often so subtle. The following hymn reveals the subtlety.

“Let not conscience make you linger, 

nor of fitness fondly dream, 

all the fitness he requires, 

is to feel your need of him.”

Did you catch it?

The hymn says that our conscience could make us linger, could keep us from God. Our conscience, operating correctly, convicts us. It reminds us of all of the &^%*$ in our lives that doesn’t square with God. But which direction do we move next – toward God or away from him? Do we linger rather than draw near to him (James 4:8)?

Hebrews 10:22 states, “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience.” The solution for a guilty conscience is to draw near to God.

But the Spirit revealed to me yesterday the tendency I have to linger. Do you ever experience this?

Why do you believe our conscience so often causes us to linger rather than feeling our need of him and moving toward him?

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One Response to Learn the subtle way your conscience may keep you from God

  1. David

    Recently I realized I’ve been misunderstanding Matthew 5:46-47 for a while. I took Jesus’ words here to mean there isn’t really anything good or praiseworthy in loving and enjoying time with your friends and my conscience would keep subconsciously guilting me for doing so, or making me think my motives for it were selfish or mercenary. And then I would start trying to defend the purity of my motives (some Romans 2:15 going on here), which started looking a lot like legalism. It’s all ridiculous because in the very next verse, Matthew 5:48, Jesus tells us to be perfect, and for some reason it doesn’t bother me that I never live up to that one…

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