How Do You Define Conscience?

Bible Summary. A simple definition of conscience is that it is a conviction or being conscious of a custom. From a Christian perspective a conscience is all about having God’s standard in our heart to guide us in how we conduct ourselves. The Bible tells us that everyone has a conscience. God’s standards are written on everyone’s hearts. It is just that everyone does not follow the conscience that God gave to all of mankind. Jesus provides us the ultimate standard that our conscience should follow. See below for Biblical advice and commentary concerning the definition of conscience.

The Law Written in their Hearts (Altar Painting)

The Law Written in Their Hearts

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The Illustration on Discovering Your Conscience.

The illustration of the little boy discovering his own conscience highlights the feelings many of us feel when we first become aware of our own conscience. Just when we are thinking of doing something wrong, a little voice says, “No”. Enjoy the illustration of the little boy discovering his own conscience …

Our Conscience is a Standard To Live By.

A simple definition of conscience is that it is a conviction or being conscious of a custom. From a Christian perspective a conscience is all about having God’s standard in our heart to guide us in how we conduct ourselves. Acts 24:16 provides us a definition of conscience.

Acts 24:16, “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.”

Does everyone have a conscience?

The short answer is yes, everyone has a conscience. This includes Christians, Jews, and the unsaved – everyone. The question is what standard is followed by a person’s conscience. Romans 2:14 advises us on how everyone has a conscience.

Romans 2:14, “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:”

A Law Written In Your Heart.

Conscience is a group of laws in your heart. Mankind has demonstrated that they know God’s principles. No matter if we know the Bible or not, we know we should not murder, steal, be jealous of other people, and generally not do the things that displease our Creator. Romans 2:15 provides us another definition of conscience.

Romans 2:15, “Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;”

Jesus, the Highest Standard That You Seek.

Jesus came on this earth as a standard for all of mankind to follow. He showed us how to love God and to love our neighbor. He is a standard for everyone. Isaiah 11:10 advises us that Jesus offers us the standard our conscience should follow.

Isaiah 11:10, “And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.”