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5 Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and fromsincere faith,

 

If one is to love, it is to be from a good conscience.

from a good conscience,

The Greek for “conscience” is to know together. It is a judgment about what has occurred or is about to occur. Biblically, this is someone who knows God’s principles for life (Ro 2:14, 15; 13:5; 1 Co 4:4).

Timothy was to faithfully teach sound doctrine from untainted conscience (1 Tim 1:19; 3:9; 4:2; 2 Tim 1:3; Tit 1:15). The biblical idea of “conscience” is one’s standards for life that guide his decisions. It is the faculty to distinguish between right and wrong. A believer can scar his conscience by false doctrine (1 Tim 4:2; Tit 1:15). Biblical propositions or doctrine protects the conscience from distortion (1 Co 8:7-12; 1 Pe 3:15-16). Conscience judges a person from within; it is a form of self-judgment. It either affirms or condemns what we do. A good conscience does not condemn itself (Acts 24:16).

PRINCIPLE:

 Every believer has an inner alarm system giving an internal warning about our decision to do something.

APPLICATION:

Conscience is the Christian faculty for determining right or wrong. The believer’s norms should come from biblical propositions (doctrine), not his subjective sense. When established by biblical doctrine, it becomes our internal counselor.

Conscience is the ability to reflect upon the degree to which one’s behavior conforms to God-established biblical norms. It is the ability to be aware of one’s beliefs and actions. This form of self-awareness determines whether or not an act was carried out in harmony with one’s beliefs.

We should avoid using our conscience as our final court of appeal or an all-sufficient guide. We live with a fallen nature, and some consciences can be weak (1 Co 8:7). It is the objective word of God that pronounces us guilty or innocent.

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