THEIR CONSCIENCE BEARING WITNESS

Most of us know the answers to our problems. I mean usually when I talk with someone about moral issues they have a pretty good grip on it. While most don’t need someone to tell them what the correct decision is; they may need someone to agree with them. Then they need to simply do what they already know is right.

I know there are some things we have to do that aren’t simple. Sometimes decisions in life take some prayer and maybe a little discussion. I guess what I’m saying is, most of us know what we need to do, but when it comes to doing it we just don’t. For instance, I know people right now that are living together unmarried, knowing it isn’t God’s best for them, and yet they do nothing to change the situation.

While there are always extenuating circumstances and details to work through the bottom line is this. Are we going to do things the way God says to or are we going to do them some other way? The scriptures never promised us life would always be easy. In fact it promises the exact opposite. Jesus said, “In this world you will have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” That’s a promise for tribulation but it’s also encouragement to deal with it correctly because Jesus has already overcome!

I know I talk about addiction a lot but that’s just because it’s something I understand. If most people are honest they have had, or still have, a “life controlling issue themselves.” Let me put it this way instead. When there is stress, conflict or drama in your life what do you run to? With an alcoholic the temptation is always to run to a drink to hide or find comfort. With someone else it may be food, shopping, sex or any number of things. The problem with any or all of these is they only postpone the inevitable. When the buzz or rush wears off the problem is still there. Why don’t we simply do what we know we should in the first place?

The answer is the pain of staying the way we are has to exceed the pain we assume will come with the change required. When we do what is most comfortable rather than what is God’s way we only postpone the painful consequences. Once they become too much to bear it is then that we will make the move. I’m just thankful he is “patient, not wanting any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”

Let me sum this up with a quote from Romans 2:15 “In that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them…” When it comes down to it most people know right from wrong and don’t really need someone to tell them what to do. I heard a saying once I thought was pretty good. You very seldom teach anyone anything, most of the time you are just reminding them. So when it comes to teaching the Bible we are really just relying on the Holy Spirit to bear witness with what we are saying to them.

Written by Louie

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