I do believe it was Jiminy Cricket who sang, “Always let your conscience be your guide.”  It seems like good advice, yes?  Generally, I would say that Jiminy Cricket knows what he’s talking about.  However, conscience is a tricky thing.  God speaks to us through it, but it’s surely possible to have a conscience that has been corrupted through years of desensitization and stop functioning.   On the other end of the spectrum, it can be overly sensitive and paralyze people to become legalistic and agonized over things that have no real moral value.  It can be a paralyzing element rather than a God-given sense of right and wrong.  The Bible says that the law is written on the hearts of all.  The conscience is designed to help in reminding us of that law, but we have to make sure that our minds (and consciences) are saturated with the Word.

God has brought this lesson to me in triplicate in recent days.  A couple of days ago, I witnessed two people engaging in a rather questionable activity.  My job required me to report it, which I did.  Their first instinct was to blame me (which was not surprising…that’s the first instinct of most people who operate in the flesh). Then one of them apologized and asked me not to say anything.  This person wasn’t sorry for their action; they were sorry because they got caught.  It’s hard to say what was going on in their minds, but their actions were what represented their consciences, ultimately.

Conscience is related to personal integrity as well.  When our conscience is saturated in the Word, we will likely become convicted of certain things.  Are we living out what our consciences are telling us?  If we’re not, we can rest assured that our integrity is suffering in some way, and we’ve added hypocrisy to the mix.

Ask God to search your heart and see if there is any wicked way in you.  Make sure your conscience lines up with the Word.  Once you do this, act on what God says is right.  It’s something I’m working on, too.

Oh, and don’t lie, or your nose will grow.  I have to admit, it’d be really nice and automatically a source of humility if we displayed physical evidence of our inner sins.  But alas, Pinocchio can only help us out so much.  🙂

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