Some good advice for keeping a conscience in good working order

The ole’ conscience – it can be ignored, but if our conscience is talking we need to listen, but just because it’s not saying something doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be!

We need to listen to our conscience when it talks because…

  • …it makes a good pillow. Proverbs 3:21-24 says, “My son, let them not depart from your eyes—Keep sound wisdom and discretion; so they will be life to your soul and grace to your neck. Then you will walk safely in your way, and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.” Not too many people toss and turn at night about the right thing they did, oh, but the wrong we have committed speaks for itself in this case.
  • …if it/we know we’re wrong then what does that say about the way God views it. While speaking about righteousness, sin and guilt, Paul said in Romans 2:15 even the gentiles who lived outside of the law knew this: “[the “lawless” gentiles] show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)“. Concerning the witness of the conscience, in his book “My Daily Walk With God” (p. 124), Charles B. Hodge, Jr. said the, “Conscience reflects man’s attitude towards God and makes him aware of God’s attitude towards him.” Spot on!
  • …if we ignore it for too long it will quit talking! That’s dangerous territory. A seared conscience is a conscience that has no feeling; it has no conviction for truth or for what’s right. The guilt of the crime remains, but the guilt will not be sensed, but it will still be judged as wrong regardless – hence the need to listen before our conscience falls on deaf ears (2 Timothy 4:1-3).

Our conscience is there to help take care of us and we should take care of it, but when we fail to heed it then only God can take of our conscience by grace through the work of Jesus. And that’s one voice that we can’t afford to ignore (Hebrews 12:25).

There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” (1 Peter 3:21)

Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:12-14)

#christian-living, #conscience, #guilt, #relief

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Relief from the churches of Christ

Brethren,
Paul said: “But as you abound in everything–in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us–see that you abound in this grace also. I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:7-9 NKJV).
The churches of Christ are noted for standing for “the faith,” speaking the truth in love, and loving Jesus Christ. But while the “Neo-Sectarians” among us are carving the brotherhood apart and stabbing brethren in the back at a distance, the “boo-birds” have decried how the churches of Christ “aren’t doing anything” and don’t know how to love one another. “Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: “That You may be justified in Your words, And may overcome when You are judged” (Romans 3:4 NKJV). The reports of the death of the churches of Christ are greatly exaggerated, and simply not true!
The Park Avenue church of Christ, Memphis, Tennessee has been sent $600,000 to be used in Sennai, Japan to aid the victims of the tsunami;
Christians (used in the Scriptural sense!) have sent many thousands of dollars, and hundreds of volunteers, to come to the assistance of tornado victims in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia;
Churches of Christ Disaster Relief, Nashville, Tennessee has sent a steady stream of 18-wheeler truckloads of immediately-needed food and cleaning supplies all over the States, including Joplin, Missouri, Big Rock, Tennessee, and many other places where there has been flooding or tornado damage, to be distributed by the local churches of Christ.
Indeed, God has given the churches of Christ ample opportunities to come to the side of hurting souls — AND WE HAVE COME!
I do not know of a time in past decades when I was more impressed with the loving response of my brethren in Jesus Christ. With prices, jobs, and other hindrances like they are, we are showing that not only have we been debating and arguing the truth of the Gospel of Christ, we have also been keenly aware that the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ upon us will be seen by those who are looking for the hand of God upon them.
We can’t do miracles, but as the body of Christ, we are showing our good works as a light and pointing all glory to our wonderful God!
Now, as never before, preach the Word that those who obey the Gospel will be added to the churches of Christ.
John T. Polk II

#benevolence, #churches-of-christ, #relief