Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 4:1-7:40
“Let your conscience be your guide.”
“My conscience is clear.”
“I’m not hurting anyone but myself.”
“When my conscience is clear I just stop thinking about it.”
My conscience may be clear… but is my conscience completely in tune with God?
The apostle Paul says “No.”
As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you or by any human authority. I don’t even trust my own judgment on this point. My conscience is clear, but that doesn’t prove I’m right. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide. —1 Corinthians 4:3-4
What does word “conscience” mean?
The simplest definition is “our sense of right or wrong.”
Do we trust our own sense of right or wrong too much?
Our conscience affects our everyday decision-making, but what directs our conscience?
Morality basically means our standards of right or wrong behavior.
In an article from allaboutphilosophy.com, a recent report in Psychology Today is quoted: “The most significant predictor of a person’s moral behavior may be religious commitment. People who consider themselves very religious were least likely to report deceiving their friends, having extramarital affairs, cheating on their expenses accounts, or even parking illegally.”
Paul was one of the most committed Christians of all time, yet he knew something we often forget. At the root of our best efforts, our best intentions; our human conscience can’t understand God’s ways. Paul would not allow himself to get puffed up as a leader because in comparison to the living God he was just a servant.
So many in today’s world have overridden their moral conscience until EVERYTHING seems pretty much okay–there’s no standard of right or wrong that ALWAYS applies.
I must agree with Paul and say on my best day my conscience pales in comparison to the all-knowing, alpha and omega wisdom of our Lord and Savior.
Heavenly Father, forgive me for the times I let my conscience be my guide. Help me to go to You for wisdom, guidance and direction. Holy Spirit help me to feed my conscience with Your Word.
Thank You for Your grace that forgives and then covers my mistakes.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen.
© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 8:1-11:1