21 September 2021

Nathan A. Hughes, Esq.

Soli Deo Gloria

A Guilty Conscience?

2 min read

Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

1 Peter 3:16

I am sure you are aware of Martin Luther’s famous quote from the Diet of Worms about his conscience being captive to the Word of God and to go against one’s conscience is not safe, wise nor right. Our conscience is that inward voice that convicts and corrects. God has given us a conscience, that is why we, unlike animals, know the difference between good and evil. Even the vilest of sinners has a conscience albeit almost dead.

Sin has weakened our sense of morality, we become desensitised to sin. However, no matter how wicked we become still there is that prod of conscience. No matter how much strong drink, immorality and company of loved ones, none can cleanse the conscience. The conscience convicts us guilt, guilt, guilt before God. Still, men and women continue in sin with no regard. Many believe that time will erode the guilt they feel, but still no relief. No comfort to purge your burden. Cry unto the Lord, confess your sins, repent and believe. Just like pilgrim in Bunyan’s famous work your burden will roll away. Your chains will be broken, and you will be free, free indeed in Christ Jesus. Only Christ can cleanse the conscience. Guilt is dealt with at the cross of Christ.

Do not harden your heart, get to the root of the problem. Address your sin, whatever is troubling you take it to the Lord in prayer. Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 3:9 to have a clean conscience before the Lord. Do not rage against the conflict of conscience. Christ is the cure, not the curse. He can and will take care of all our needs.

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