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)