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Guilt And A Clear Conscience

For Meditation: Romans 6:8-11

Today’s Scripture: “I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my forefathers did, as I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day” (2 Tim 1:3).

Guilt is pervasive and persistent and ugly. One source of guilt is all the laws that we have today. We have laws relating to everything from how to raise our children to when we can mow the lawn. Cross one of these lines and feel the twinge that guilt causes. But the question is not really the source of our guilt, but what do we do with that guilt.


“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!


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.