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“Don’t Put Me On A Guilt Trip”

“But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith” (1 Tim 1:5).

Dr. James Dobson, in his book “Emotions, Can Your Trust Them,” relates a poll that was taken among children 5 through 9 on the question “what is conscience?” One 6 year old girl said a conscience is the spot inside that “burns if you’re not good.” A 6 year old boy said he didn’t know, but thought it had something to do with feeling bad when you “kicked girls or little dogs.” And a 9 year old explained it as a voice inside that says, “No” when you want to do something like beating up your little brother. Her conscience had “saved him a lot of times.” Adults also have found the conscience difficult to define. I believe it is your inner code of conduct. Guilt is the message of disapproval from the conscience that says, in effect, you should be ashamed of yourself!


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Non-24 Spiritually Speaking

“Should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know the difference between their right and left hand, as well as many animals?” ( Jonah 4:11).

The Ninevites were wicked. But the mercy of God is shown in the story of Jonah toward sinners. God wished to give the Assyrians an opportunity to repent, and sent Jonah to preach to them. The story is well known, so I will focus on just one point. They did not know the difference between their right and left hand. In other words, their wickedness had blinded them to the difference between right and wrong.


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From The Dark Side

“The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately corrupt, who can understand it?” (Jer. 17:9).

It’s a national excuse, “Well there is some good in all of us,” usually accompanying stories of mass murderers, corporate swindling, or of teachers intimate with students. Is there goodness in each of us and if so, why is it being hidden?


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