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Caring for Our Conscience

Terry Ruonavaara | Shepherd's Voice October 2021 - Home and Family Article --

Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin that doth so easily beset us. – Hebrews 12:1

Dear children, do you read the Bible? Even short verses, like our text above, can offer encouragement in our lives of faith. These words in the book of Hebrews remind us how to care for our conscience.

How has your faith, your life as a believer been? Apostle Paul tells about his faith this way: the good that I want to do I find myself not doing. And the evil or bad that I don’t want to do I find myself doing (Rom. 7:15).

A young mother related a story. She said she was working in her home office while the children were in the other room playing. At some point, her young son came into the office. He asked if he could have his sins forgiven. The mother said she did not know what the boy had done, but she preached the gospel of the forgiveness of sins to him. The boy went back into the other room and happily continued playing.

What can we learn from this story? The boy had done something that bothered his conscience. It troubled him and he didn’t enjoy playing. The boy knew what he had to do. He went to his mother and asked to have his sins forgiven. Then his conscience did not bother him anymore! He was happy again. He continued playing with a joyful heart.

God speaks to us through our conscience. He reminds us of the sin that is on our conscience. But God also gives us a way to care for our conscience. We can lay aside the weight of sin that often besets us; we can ask for forgiveness in Jesus’ name and precious blood. In this way, we can continue traveling on the way to heaven.

May you, dear children, be given strength to continue to put sin away. Apostle Paul reminds us, “Keep faith and a good conscience” (1 Tim. 1:19). One day this faith will take you home to heaven.

Things to Visit About:

1. How do we know what is right and what is wrong?

2. How does our conscience help us on our pathway to heaven?

3. How do you care for your conscience?

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