Scripture reading: 1 Timothy 4:1–12
Key verse: Acts 24:16
This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.
Sometimes a subtle problem with the conscience develops. If you experience feelings of condemnation but cannot identify the source, you may be the victim of a struggling conscience. This is essentially a conscience in overdrive, excessively critical and hypersensitive.
For some, the cause is legalism or allegiance to man-made rules. Others take on responsibilities that are not really theirs, and they feel blame when things go wrong. In any case, false guilt is the culprit.
Is there a cure for a conscience that is out of condition? In Acts 24:16, Paul wrote: “I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.” He made himself transparent before God by confessing his sin, repenting, and recognizing the forgiveness and purity he had in Christ.
Ask the Lord to show you the truth about what is occurring inside your heart. He will point out areas of concern. When He reveals the problems to you, you must move immediately into repentance. Remember that you can repent from sins only that you yourself have committed. False guilt tries to burden you with others’ transgressions.
The more your conscience is programmed according to God’s standards, the more accurately it detects discrepancies. With your conscience in God’s control, He guides you in righteousness.
Dear heavenly Father, please program my conscience according to Your standards. Show me the truth about what is occurring inside my heart.