A. Some of the things we do or do not do comes down to your conscience and even the conscience of others (I Corinthians 10:23-33).
B. We need to have a good, pure conscience (I Timothy 1:5; 1:19-20).
- Good [“ἀγαθός”; Strong’s # 18] as in the opposite of evil (Romans 16:19).
- Conscience [“συνείδησις”; Strong’s # 4893] as in moral consciousness; distinguishing between what is morally good and bad (John 8:1-9).
- With balance, for a good conscience doesn’t mean what we do or do not do is right (i.e. Acts 23:1; Acts 9:1-2).
II. Body: Context: Romans 14:1-15:7 (Our Lesson Is From Romans 14:22)
A. How’s your faith; assurance in the things you say and do (Hebrews 10:22)?
- The conscience we all have means we there are things we know, naturally (Romans 2:12-16).
- If you come back to the words written to Timothy, he was told to hold the faith in a pure conscience (I Timothy 3:9).
- Lacking purity and faith impacts the conscience (Titus 1:15).
- Aside from what we know naturally, think about the word “conscience”. Do you see “science” there? What is science? The English word appears in I Timothy 6:20 and means knowledge (Strong’s # 1108).
- How does knowledge and faith help with decisions involving our consciences (Proverbs 13:16 and Hebrews 10:38)?
- Where do we find knowledge and faith (Proverbs 2:6 and Romans 10:17)?
- I say “present choices”, for there are things we may have repented of in our pasts that we are in no way happy with (Romans 6:20-21).
- There are choices people make that “seem right”, but only lead to sorrow (Proverbs 14:12-13).
- What about the value of wise counsel in being happy with our lawful choices (I Corinthians 7:25-28; 7:39-40; cf. Proverbs 11:14)?
- If you act with doubts (Luke 12:29) as we all know better than (Proverbs 20:25 and Ephesians 5:10).
- When your liberty becomes your stumbling-block (I Corinthians 8:6-7).
- If your liberty becomes a law (I Timothy 4:1-5).
- When you don't test your conclusions. The Greek word translated "alloweth" in Romans 14:22 means: "To test (literally or figuratively); by implication, to approve: — allow, discern, examine, x like, (ap-)prove, try. To test, examine, prove, scrutinize (to see whether a thing is genuine or not), as metals; to recognize as genuine after examination, to approve, deem worthy" (G 1381). cf. I Thessalonians 5:21
III. Conclusion: If you want a clear conscience and happiness… Proverbs 3:13-26!
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