sense of moral awareness or of right and wrong.

Have you ever felt that something you were doing was not right? Maybe it was gossiping about someone or not working the full eight hours your employer paid you for. Your conscience pierces your heart. Looming in the back of your mind, you hear, “I shouldn’t do that.” That is probably the voice of your Father nudging you on to righteousness.

Your conscience is one of the many ways God speaks to you. When the Holy Spirit whispers to you, your heart can hear his gentle, guiding voice. In fact, I believe it is the most common way he draws us and leads us to right standing with him and with others.

Luke knew about this subtle voice of the Almighty. He knew that the Holy Spirit commonly speaks through our conscience, “So,” he said, “I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man” (Acts 24:16).

With God, the quiet voice of your conscience will lead you and guide you into a wonderful fellowship with your Creator. It will reveal to you sin and areas of your life that need confession and repentance. The conviction of God is a blessed gift, for without it, we would continue down our path to destruction.

With man, your conscience will convict you when you have wronged someone. God requires that we forgive people as we have been forgiven. Do you still hold a grudge against someone? A grudge is nothing more than a hardened heart toward your conscience.

Do not harden your heart to the voice of God. Ask him to speak through your conscience as loud as he possibly can. When you listen to God through your conscience, you open a door to freedom that leads to peace.

Let your Father call to you, direct you and lead you to a place of rest. Let him speak through your conscience.

Prayer: Father, thank you that you speak to me through my conscience. Keep any callousness from my heart, so that I may be ever sensitive to your voice, opening the doorway to freedom and peace.

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