Conscience & Bow Low, Drink Deep

The goal of instruction is love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.

Everything is clean to those who are clean, but nothing is clean to those who are corrupt and without faith. Instead, their mind and conscience are corrupted.
-1 Timothy 1:5, Titus 1:15

Conscience; an inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one's behavior.
"he had a guilty conscience about his desires"
synonyms: sense of right and wrong, moral sense, inner voice;
morals, standards, values, principles, ethics, beliefs;
compunction, scruples, qualms
"her conscience would not allow her to remain silent"

How is your conscience?  Your conscience is your inner compass that tells you when you've done wrong.  Our conscience can be dysfunctional when it is either condemning us all the time or turned off.
There are people who go back and forth from condemned (a bad conscience) to psychopathic (corrupted or seared) consciences.

Jesus gives us a good conscience.  He cleanses us from guilt and he gives us an alive inner compass, so that if we go off track, we are quick to repent and be cleansed again.  How do we get and maintain a good conscience?  Through being discipled by Jesus, through being disciplined by God.  If you are a son or daughter, you will be disciplined, taught.  If you receive no discipline in your life, it means you are not God's child.

"Bow low and drink deep"
-Advice from an older minister to a younger one.


"Bow low and drink deep", means to humble your self in the sight of the Lord.  When you get low, drink deep.  God does not just want us dead, but he wants to form Christ in us.  If you refuse to humble yourself, you have no other choice but to be humbled.

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