Have you ever seen a thief or a person who lied walking on the streets? They walk looking here and there… They speak with their eyes looking at the ground… They stammer while replying your questions or interrogation.
When we are at fault we behave in the same way.
But why do we behave like that? Because our guilt doesn’t allow us to live or walk or speak freely or at liberty. It binds us with a guilty feeling. It takes away our independence. It captivates our mind and soul.
It is our conscience that makes us feel like that. Our conscience is the only thing that speaks to us when we are all alone.
CONSCIENCE is a gift from God. A clear CONSCIENCE is a true friend of us all who always speaks the truth and shows the things, which are good and what we have done is wrong.
What the psychologists say about it or define conscience?
What is Conscience? The experts say –
“A sense of right & wrong.”
“Conscience is the capacity for moral judgment.”
“An inerrant knowledge of the need to do what is right and avoid wrong.”
Some advanced studies define conscience as, “Conscience is the faculty of the mind, or inborn sense of right and wrong, by which we judge of the moral character of human conduct.”
Our Conscience is always ACTIVE. It never stays quiet. What does it do? How does it help us?
God has given each one of us a conscience because of its multi facet functions, which are as follows:
It Strikes or Convicts: – When we do something wrong, our conscience strikes us, bothers us, troubles us. We find that conscience also convicts of our faults or what we did. That’s the reason we look down to the ground when we are convicted of our faults.
It Reproaches: – The conscience also reproaches, when we are at fault.
It Confirms (the Truth in us): – Our conscience confirms that we are telling the truth according to the moral ethics or Godly standards. In this case the conscience should be at par with the true value system before being satisfied.
It Testifies: – The conscience testifies that we have done the work in the holiness and sincerity that are from God. The conscience bears witness of our truthfulness. And thus we live a guilt free life.
Why then we commit mistakes?
Why don’t we follow the lead of our consciences?
We don’t follow or listen to our conscience when it is SEARED…
The consciences of some people are seared with hot iron. Which means their moral consciousness have literally become insensitive to good and bad of life like the place of scars of an animal branded with hot iron become numb to the pain.
Our Conscience can be affected negatively. It can get polluted anytime in this gloomy world. It can be corrupted with worldly desires. It can be SEARED – with our family upbringing, in an given environment, in an adverse situation with the pressures of life.
“BUT THAT CAN NOT BE AN EXCUSE TO DO GOOD…”
We need to be CAREFUL about our CONSCIENCE. Hence, we need to CLEAN it EVERYDAY and every MOMENT. We need to STRIVE for a CLEAN & CLEAR CONSCIENCE.
I would talk about TWO major processes of Sanctification of Conscience. Sanctification is the act or process of acquiring sanctity, of being made or becoming holy or be clean.
Process of Sanctification – 1: Comprehending the TRUTH
How does the Truth Sanctify? Understanding truth is very important because when we know the reality, the truth miracles start happening.
The Truth is a LAMP to our feet and a LIGHT to our path. When light of truth gets in, the darkness of falsehood vanishes. When our conscience knows the truth and comprehends it’s value it shuns evil.
The Truth is like a LAMP SHINING in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in our hearts; The Truth lets the darkened heart see things which was not visible earlier. The truth enlightens the conscience and let it be sensitive towards the presence of sin which was insensitive before. The truth let the seared conscience feel or sense the right way through its LIGHT in this dark world.
The truth is like FIRE and like a HAMMER that breaks the rock in pieces? The truth burns the iniquities that a human keep hidden inside his inner heart or conscience. It starts pricking once again as soon as we understand the truth.
The truth breaks down the hardheartedness or the stiff necked attitude of a human. It humbles down the man.
The truth is useful for teaching. It reproofs, corrects and teaches righteousness. This is how the revelation of truth SANCTIFIES a seared conscience.
Process of Sanctification – 2: Fellowship with followers of Truth
I found a scripture portion which says, “For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. ” A believer here means, the believer of the truth. Fellowship with the people who follows the truth and do good helps in changing of attitude and building good characters ultimately sanctifying the seared conscience of a human being.
This is a very debatable yet interesting and very vast subject which we will discuss more in the following week.
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