“I myself always strive to have a conscience towards God and men.” Acts 24:16
Benjamin Franklin composed this little rhyme: “Keep conscience clear then never fear.” George Bernard Shaw, the great Irish writer, said “Better keep yourself clean and bright, for you are the window which you must see the world.”
If conscience was such a vital concept to these secular writers, how much more concerned should we as Christians be that our consciences are “without offense toward God and men?” Without conscience we would be like rudderless ships at sea, or missiles without a guidance system.
God has given our conscience to us. Its very presence is a reflection of God in the human soul. Sin, however, can dull or even distort our conscience, silencing its voice and leading us astray. But God’s Word can purify and sharpen our conscience- and when that happens, “He leads us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3). Is this happening in your life?