“Do you indeed in silence speak righteousness, O you mighty ones? Do you judge fairly and uprightly, O you sons of men? No, in your heart you devise wickedness. You deal out in the land violence of your hands. The ungodly are perverse and estranged from the womb, they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.” (Psalm 58:1-3).
”They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them. (Romans 2:15)“
Fabricated spin-offs, concocted stories, and obnoxious lies are today’s norms. We are forced to judge people from someone else’s glasses……..
Absolute denial, of the authority of conscience.
How do we define Conscience? It’s “God’s law written in our hearts, a gentle force that prompts us to do, what’s right.
Happenings around us compel us to wonder, if people have basic discernible sense of good from bad?
Ironically they do.
Any human with basic intelligence, will know what they are supposed to/or not supposed to do. Ask them, if they would like others to do similar things ( for temporary gains they do against others to bring them down) done to them and their families? They wouldn’t. But when it comes to others, they excuse their conscience to justify themselves.
But ….surprisingly, in spite of their denial of the authority of conscience, do you know that deep down in their hearts, they know that they are “playing the fool and are erring exceedingly”. Especially when a man is off guard, chances are you will know more truth about his/her heart, than in all their attempts of revealing or hiding themselves. Their ever present consciousness (which is mostly suppressed), flashes forth, when they are apathetic. Regardless of what they try to convince you of their intentions later, they will blurt out their heart when they are caught off guard/unsuspecting.
Let me share a story with you…
Set at the backdrop of King Saul chasing King David (1 Samuel 26: 21). Beginning of the enmity is recorded in 1 Samuel 18.
(1 Samuel 18:6) David had returned after killing the Philistine, and women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, playing songs of joy on timbrels. The women sang as they played , and said, “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands”. Scriptures record a bad spirit (of jealousy) overpowering Saul. Saul apparently couldn’t have withstood the spirit of jealousy (sent from God), because the word of God had to come to pass regarding Saul’s future.God had rejected Saul from being the king.(1 Samuel 15:23).
“When you were small in your own sight, were you not made head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed you king over Israel?…………. But you swooped down upon the plunder and did evil in the Lord’s sight?(1 Samuel 15:17-19).
We witness similar situations today. People stoop down so low, just for short term gains. People practice deceit so skilfully that they make themselves believe, not only fellowmen but they have been able to hide their abominable actions from God as well. Appalling folly of man’s imagination.
Hebrews 4:13, “ And there is no creature hidden from His sight , but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. “
Jeremiah 23;24 “ Can a man hide himself in hiding places So I do not see him? Declares the Lord”
A poor self image causes us to operate in fear rather than in faith. Our low self esteem forces us to act in cowardice and never stand for truth. Consequentially compels us to deny the authority of conscience and repudiate the very essence of the laws scripted down for a peaceful, harmonious existence of mankind.
Once the spirit of jealousy entered King Saul, he didn’t trust David anymore. He sought to kill David, in fear that David is attempting to usurp His throne. But in his heart, Saul always knew “he sinned”, and played the fool.
1 Samuel 26:21 records King Saul saying, “ I have sinned. Return, my son David, for I will no more do you harm, because my life was precious in your eyes this day. Behold, I have played the fool and have erred exceedingly.”
Scriptures identify and educate us about the authority of conscience. In fact, Ten commandments (exodus 20), are primarily based on the authority of conscience. Most of the Commandments start with “DO NOT” ………….
Lord summed it up in Mathew 7:12 beautifully, “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them.” In other words, do not hurt others in anyway, for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap (Galatians 6:7)”.
If God has anointed us, called us for a purpose, we need to honour that. He can reject us anytime. Our cowardice and sloth, will cost us much . One wrong action would permanently alter the course of our destiny. Our life is not only on this earth. We have an eternity to face too.
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (Mathew 4:4)
Let us pray that we run the race with a un tired zeal , and God may help defend us from cowardice.
A wonderful way to maintain balance, preserve harmony, and experience peace and happiness, is creating an environment where ONLY TRUTH rules…
(“”The writer has been a Cover page Model for various fashion magazines , anchored various musical shows for youth Channels and a (short film) filmmaker for Discovery Channel. Currently busy writing her own book””)