Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Daily Devotion: The Conscience

Bible Reading: Acts 23:1-9

Key Verse: Verse 1 – “And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.”

Key Words: I have lived in all good conscience before God

Thought: The greatest tormentor of the human soul is a guilty conscience.

Leslie B. Flynn says, "Since 1811 Uncle Sam has been receiving anonymous sums of money as self-imposed fines for a variety of reasons, such as for taking Army blankets for souvenirs or for deliberately failing to put enough postage on a letter. One widow, checking her late husband's books, discovered he had cheated the government, so she promptly mailed a check for $50 to the Treasury. All these monies have been placed in an account named the Federal Conscience Fund which now totals over three million dollars.”

A farmer was on his way home after picking up his new car. As he approached his farm, he decided to test the acceleration. He passed the side road that led to his house and drove on for a mile or so. Then, after making a sharp U-turn, he sped back toward the side road. A man driving a station wagon observed the U-turn and the farmer’s fast rate of speed, and he thought the automobile was an unmarked police car. Trying to avoid detection, he quickly headed down the road leading to the farm.

Of course, it was just his luck that the road he happened to turn down was the road leading to the farmer’s house, so the farmer turned in too. When the second driver saw what he thought was the patrolman turn in behind him, he was alarmed and drove at a high speed to escape, only to come to a dead end. He jumped out and ran, abandoning the station wagon. Later it was found to be filled with stolen coffee, cigarettes, and ammunition. His conscience had made him flee, even though no one was pursuing him.

What to do:

✞ Live by your conscience unless your conscience opposes the Word of God.

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