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Guilty by Conscience
6/25/2017 12:03:07 PM by Watson Prunier
Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, you have driven me today away from the ground, and from your face I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.
Genesis 4:13-14

Most often, our conscience will finally catch up when we know we were wrong. This is the case for the first man-slayer. Cain understood that his deed of killing his brother, Abel, was unjust as he stood completely exposed by God. Though done in hiding, the truth would get out and those living would seek to administer justice.

Often, God lays upon our hearts, any behavior that is unbecoming of His followers. Whether the conviction comes through reading the Bible, someone teaching the Bible or even a simple overheard conversation that is undeniably familiar. And for those who do not know or reject God; He brings conviction through the conscience that exists in every created human (Romans 2:15).

We try to deny our conscience for simple pleasures and when we no longer feel guilty, when we no longer feel remorse. when we do not see the need to repent; that's a very dangerous place to be: a seared conscience. Once we arrive to this point; our level of depravity will know no limit. Apathy and indifference will make us borderline masochists. That's when truth is based on our experiences and how we ultimately define and interpret it. This is where Cain was when he chose to take his brother's life.

But God!

As long as we feel guilt for our actions, there is hope in restoration. Many would feel tired of feeling guilty. We should take pleasure in feeling guilt because it is indicative a person willing to admit their fault. Embrace the conviction and seek change because it is the simple glimpses of God' grace that affords us another day to repent. But do not let the fear drive you away from God but toward Him because He will do wonders in our repentance.

 
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