I Timothy 1:5 (NKJV) Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.
The purpose of our conscience to your life.
We’ve heard it said many times “Let your conscience be your guide”. Perhaps today’s message of wisdom will make some sense since our conscience is designed to help you and me discern right from wrong read (Genesis 3:23-8:19).
However, people cannot always trust their internal navigation system to guide them correctly; this is the case particularly with believers and unbelievers alike, who don’t allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth and offer guidance for wise decisions.
And while believers do have God’s indwelling Spirit, they should be careful not to harbor sin in their lives, as this can interfere with the way their conscience functions.
A trustworthy conscience is programmed with spiritual guidance. Believers can build a stable and sensitive spiritual navigational system by applying God’s truth to their lives.
They are committed to thinking and acting in ways that honor and please the Lord. Then, when sinful thoughts or choices come across that navigational system, it will deliver a re-routing message. Have you ever experienced a re-routing message?
The distinction between Conscience vs. Conscious is important.
Our conscience is the part of our personality that helps you determine between right and wrong. It is what makes you feel downtrodden when you do something bad and joyous when you do something kind.
In Freudian theory, the conscience is part of the superego that contains information about what is viewed as bad or negative by your parents and by society, and most of the values you learned and lived out during your upbringing.
The conscience emerges over time as you absorb information about what is considered right and wrong by your caregivers, your peers, and the culture in which you live. Our conscious, on the other hand, is our awareness of ourselves and the world around us.
In the most basic terms, it means being awake and aware. In psychology, the conscious mind includes everything inside of your awareness including things like perceptions, sensations, feelings, thoughts, memories, and fantasies.
While conscience and conscious are two very different things, conscious and consciousness are in fact related to one another. There are a few things to note that might help you keep these two terms separate in your mind.
According to Freud’s psychoanalytic theory of personality, the mind is often likened to an iceberg. The part of the iceberg that can be seen above the surface of the water represents conscious awareness. It is what we are aware of and can describe and articulate clearly.
The conscience, however, is what keeps you from acting upon your most basic urges and desires. Your conscience is the moral basis that helps guide social behavior and leads you to behave in a socially acceptable manner.
When thinking about these two powerful terms, just remember that conscious means to be awake and aware while conscience means your inner sense of right and wrong.
Point to ponder
A person with a spiritual acclimated conscience will have a strong desire to obey God. They won’t settle for what feels right or looks good, but instead prayerfully seeks the Lord’s will.
In other words, he/she does not rely solely on his conscience but incorporates all of the Holy Spirit’s tools into his daily life: Scripture, prayer, etc.
Moreover, when their spiritual navigational system is at its best, he/she is quick to draw back and reject unwise choices. Conscience isn’t designed to be our guide; it is a tool of the guide.
While the two terms are often misunderstood, the conscious and the conscience refer to very different things. As described above, your conscious is your awareness of yourself and the world around you.
Your conscience is your ability to distinguish between what is right and what is wrong. Your conscious allows you to be aware of your place in the world, while your conscience allows you to behave in this world in morally and socially acceptable ways. May you live in the blessings of the Lord all the days of your life.
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