Remember as a child when you made a bad decision that later led to a guilty conscience? We’ve all been there and have had our own experiences—it’s part of growing up. As children, most of us were instilled with values that taught us to do our best and be honest and respectful. The world calls that internal moral compass our conscience, but when we study the Bible, we learn that it’s really the Holy Spirit at work.
When we ignore that little voice inside of us, we usually make a mistake or do something we later regret. The conscience that speaks to us loud and clear about what’s right and wrong is actually the voice of God! The Scriptures tell us what role He should play in our decision-making process. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26, NKJV).
Growing up, our parents did their best to teach us godly values, warning us not to follow the crowd or do something just because everyone else was doing it. Maybe it was the party that all the popular kids, along with some unsavory characters, were attending, or the temptation to experiment with something we knew we shouldn’t.
Some of us may have snuck out and done it anyway, and were racked with guilt later. That was the Holy Spirit in us, pointing out our mistake, just like parents do with their children. “And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: ‘My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.’ If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?” (Hebrews 12:5-7, NKJV). This is the type of correction that leads kids to “’fess up” to their parents and admit what they did.
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