Simple definitions: Conscience: a moral sense or inner compass Conscious: being aware
The word, conscience, appears several times throughout the King James Version of the New Testament. References include phrases such as …
"their conscience also bearing witness" "a good conscience" "their conscience, being weak, is defiled"
The scriptures also advise us to “purge” our conscience from dead works, or, in other words, to keep it alive. We must be conscious of the possibility of our being able to wound a weak conscience.
I rarely hear these words anymore: “Let your conscience be your guide.” Of course when I think of these words, I hear them in my mom’s voice, and have a visual of Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket.
I’ve thought it rather curious to only find the word in the books of the New Testament, John, Romans, Corinthians and 1 and 2 Timothy. The Old Testament scripture which had brought the word to my mind is found here:
“but this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.”(Jeremiah 31:33)
Thinking about that scripture causes me to ponder if that could be the reason why, at times, we may become more conscious of our having a conscience, and pause to consider how to act or react, to be still or to speak out, to stand up and face it or walk away and forget it. Recognize this as a precious gift, on a par with common sense or intuition. Perhaps our prayer today could be:
Dear Lord, help me to be conscious of my conscience.