When you go through a metal detector in an airport you are required by law to take everything out of your pockets. If you don’t, you set off a beeper. And if you try to hide a gun or a knife, you will probably end up in prison. Your conscience works the same way. When you knowingly do wrong, the Holy Spirit who lives within you will trigger your conscience and an alarm will go off inside you. If you’re wise, you’ll repent of your sin and make things right.
Because your alternatives aren’t good! ‘Having faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck’ (1 Timothy 1:19 NKJV). Think of the word ‘shipwreck’, then picture the word ‘Titanic’. Get the picture?
When God says no, He’s not trying to be difficult to get along with; He’s trying to protect you from the iceberg you’re sailing towards. Many people have security systems in their homes. When the door opens, they have thirty seconds before the alarm goes off and the police are called. God has given you an alarm system that works the same way; it’s called your conscience.
And there are three things you can do with it:
1) Turn if off.
2) Tune it out.
3) Allow it to guide you and walk in the blessing of God.
The writer to the Hebrews said, ‘Pray for us, for our conscience is clear and we want to live honorably in everything we do’ (Hebrews 13:18 NLT). That should be your prayer today, and every day!
‘I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.’ Acts 24:16 NKJV