~Our Conscience~


There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience (French Proverb)

Carl Gustav Jung said "Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, 'Something is out of tune." God has given us a conscience, a voice on the inside that directs us in the way we should go. That is how God designed us. Why do we have so many problems if we are receiving spiritual guidance from God? Why do we give in to things we know are not good for us? One of our  problems is that we don't stop and take time to listen to what is going on inside us. Sometimes we do what Billy Graham said we do, "Most of us follow our conscience as we follow a wheelbarrow. We push it in front of us in the direction we want to go." We will not prosper by attempting to lead our conscience. Samuel Butler cautions, "The conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it."

Ezekiel Hopkins believes the greatest evidence of God's existence is the voice inside humanity showing us what is right. He said, "There is a conscience in humanity; therefore there is a God." God's footprints are everywhere-around and within us. The heavens, the oceans; the birth of every living creature proclaim His reality. Life, the human body and the conscience bear witness to God. He is forever speaking. Our problem is that we have developed the habit of ignoring Him. Stop! Get quiet! Listen! The "conscience urges us towards that which is best and is the perfect interpreter of life." (Karl Barth).

We live for only a brief moment and must make good choices. We are not alone in the process of decision-making. God has given us help-a-voice. The conscience, is a judgment of reason whereby the person recognizes the moral quality of a concrete act they are going perform, is in the process of performing, or has already completed. If you follow the advice of an old Hasidic saying you will do well, "Be the master of your will and the slave of your conscience." Don't allow your life to become cluttered. Consider what you will gain and focus on the sense of significance you will obtain by following the dictates of your heart. God's love sometimes speaks to us in a still small voice. Listen to yourself-your inner self. "The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience."
(Mohandas Gandhi).



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