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Sunday, May 13, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "The Habit Of A Good Conscience"


May 13, 2012


A conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men.

Acts 24:16

God's commands are given to the life of His Son in us, consequently
to the human nature in which His Son has been formed, His commands
are difficult, but immediately we obey they become divinely easy.

Conscience is that faculty in me which attaches itself to the highest
that I know, and tells me what the highest I know demands that I do.
It is the eye of the soul which looks out either towards God or
towards what it regards as the highest, and therefore conscience
records differently in different people. If I am in the habit of
steadily facing myself with God, my conscience will always introduce
God's perfect law and indicate what I should do. The point is, will I
obey? I have to make an effort to keep my conscience so sensitive
that I walk without offense. I should be living in such perfect
sympathy with God's Son, that in every circumstance the spirit of my
mind is renewed, and I "make out" at once "what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

God always educates us down to the scruple. Is my ear so keen to hear
the tiniest whisper of the Spirit that I know what I should do?
"Grieve not the Holy Spirit." He does not come with a voice like
thunder; His voice is so gentle that it is easy to ignore it. The one
thing that keeps the conscience sensitive to Him is the continual
habit of being open to God on the inside. When there is any debate,
quit. "Why shouldn't I do this?" You are on the wrong track. There is
no debate possible when conscience speaks. At your peril, you allow
one thing to obscure your inner communion with God. Drop it, whatever
it is, and see that you keep your inner vision clear.

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