Conscience is moral self- consciousness. This is why a man who is not necessarily a Christian can be found doing things that are morally right.
Let us use a portion of the scriptures as our focal point.1 John 3:20-21
“For if our heart (conscience) condemn us, God is greater than our heart (conscience), and knoweth all things.
21 Beloved, if our heart (conscience) condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
God placed the conscience in man. “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”
Everyman has that court in him. And that court of conscience either justifies or condemns.
When our conscience justifies us – tells us that we are doing the right thing, we believe that God is with us as we naturally see our conscience as God’s spirit living in us.
For the believer that is true.
But I have understood something else. I have observed that if your heart is not at peace concerning something, two things are perceived.
Firstly, it might mean that you are actually doing the wrong thing.
Secondly, it might mean that you don’t know that you are doing the right thing, and based on the previous information you have fed your spirit, you think you are doing the wrong thing and suffer guilt.
I believe that is why the Apostle John added that God is greater than our heart (Conscience) in 1 John 3:20.
The opposite is true as well. A man who does not know that something is bad might go ahead and do it without feeling guilty.
It is also possible that he has silenced his conscience by repeatedly doing that bad thing such that his conscience has accepted it to be good. He has ‘seared his conscience with a hot iron,’ – his conscience is dead!
If you take a look at the word, conscience, you’ll observe that it is made up of two words: con, meaning ‘with,’ andscience, meaning, ‘knowledge’.
From the above, we see that conscience is directly related to knowledge. Whatever you feed your spirit with is the foundation of your conscience. So if you feed your spirit with the right information, your conscience will function very fine and can be a trusted judge!
How did I know?
I had a business deal. After finishing it, I was really troubled. I felt the method through which I achieved success in it was not the right way. And so it troubled me. In order to give my heart rest, I decided I would forego the earnings.
But afterwards, I consulted with the organization, and they confirmed that the method was ok. That was when I found peace with keeping the earnings.
The new knowledge set my heart at ease. It spoke peace to my conscience.
When a sinner gets born again, he realizes that his sins are many, and this brings guilt; this is why we pray that the Holy Spirit sprinkle water – peace – over our conscience and rid her of dead works.
“…we have peace with God through Christ.” Romans 5:1
It is only by knowing that Christ has paid the price for our sins can we be at peace with God.
Knowledge is everything. Knowledge is like the law book of the Court of Conscience. Be careful not to include evil things in that law book!
This is why it is important to watch the friends you keep, the people that speak to your life, the people that tell you it is okay to do that bad thing. They are helping to wrongly silence your conscience!
We must keep our conscience tender, for if it tells us, ‘Boy it is good.’ God confirms it by giving us peace.
Charles Spurgeon once said, “A grain of heart’s ease is worth more to a saint than a ton of gold.” That was about giving.
Sometimes, the Lord speaks to my heart to give something to someone, and I observe that as long as I keep putting it off, my heart will not be at peace.
After I make the donation, however, I am at peace again.
I am training my conscience. If I shun the voice, once, twice, thrice, it might never speak to me again.
Yep! These are my findings, I had always wanted to do a piece I titled, ‘The Conscience,’ but never got to doing it. When, however, a friend asked me some questions on conscience, I decided it was best to write it.
p.s. And just when I was about to send this for publishing, my friend, Tolu Phil, asked me to look at this verse, Genesis 3:22; I did so, humbly.
This is what it says, “And the Lord God said, ‘The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil.’”
I think that further explains the origin!