Day 24 – Conscience
con·science [kon-shuhns] η: 1 the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one's conduct or motives, impelling one toward right action. 2 the complex of ethical and moral principles that controls or inhibits the actions or thoughts of an individual. 3 an inhibiting sense of what is prudent. 4 conscientiousness. 5 consciousness; self-knowledge. 6 strict and reverential observance.
“For it is not by hearing the Law that people are put right with God, but by doing what the Law commands. Their conduct shows that what the Law commands is written in their hearts. Their consciences also show that this is true.” (GNT, Rom 2:13, 15)
Awareness Exercise: As you go about your day, become conscious of things that you think are wrong. As the wrong becomes clear to you, reverse it by identifying its opposite right. Here’s an example: When witnessing someone speaking harshly to someone else, reverse it in thought by identifying that Spirit created only kindliness. Think about the person who is being harsh and apply the understanding that this person was created by Spirit with a conscience built in their heart making the harsh behavior simply the absence of kindliness. Applying this reasoning, what are you discovering about our innate ability to properly govern ourselves rightly, by divine Truth and Love?
“God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason, and conscience. Man is properly self-governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love.” (SH 106:7)