Lesson 2 - The Conscience


When the process of the breakdown of our denial begins, our conscience is often at a heightened awareness of being. The doorway to our conscience is usually opened when we experience pain in our life or when we incur a cost to our pocketbook. As stated in Lesson 1, if the life areas of health, social, or family have no impact on our denial or conscience, usually the legal area of our lives does. When we start to have problems in the legal area, the impact of the reality of the judge, prosecutor, and people that we are involved with through the experiences of jails or court-ordered classes, makes us realize that something is going wrong because we think that we are better than this.

Romans 2:14-15 … for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)…

This verse shows that once our conscience is touched and the doorway to our heart is slightly opened, the work of God can begin to take place. A severe emotional event can now transpire. These scriptures point out that God has been trying to show us from the very beginning that we would have a choice to obey Him or rebel against Him. Compare with Romans 7:13, especially the last part of the verse. (Genesis 4:7; James 4:17)

The conscience is a sense of what is right or wrong in one's thoughts, actions, or motives.  It is the discerning tool for right and wrong. The work of the conscience is independent and direct. Conscience is not to be confused with our ability to reason. Before regeneration, our reasoning often overrides our conscience and helps us to justify our sinful behavior. We see the important work of our conscience and the need of having one in the following references from Romans. Please remember that the will has to be consciously opened to the desire and temptation at this point in order to be affected.