The Christian’s Struggle of Conscience Between Good and Evil

Bible Summary. As a Christian matures a struggle persists between the desire to good and the evil that continues to be present in the flesh. The challenge for Christians is that the knowledge of good and evil does not save a person from sinful desires and consequences of sin. The challenge with acting on our conscience is our human nature is not perfect. It is Jesus that makes the difference in whether we do good or do evil. See below for Biblical commentary and advise on the struggle of conscience between good and evil.

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As A Christian I Know To Do Good, But Evil is In Me.

As a Christian matures a struggle persists between the desire to good and the evil that continues to be present in the flesh. A Christian has the will, the knowledge, and the conscience to be good, but the sinful flesh does not want to consent. Romans 7:18 advises us on the conscience’s struggle between good and evil.

Romans 7:18, “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.”

As a Christian I Want To Do Good and Resist Evil, But Fall Short.

The challenge for Christians is that the knowledge of good and evil does not save a person from sinful desires and consequences of sin. With only the knowledge of good and evil, a person will eventually be overcome by fleshly desires to do wrong and sin against God. Romans 7:19 advises us of the futility of winning the fight against evil without Jesus.

Romans 7:19, “For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.”

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By Ourselves Our Evil Desires Will Win Over Our Good Intentions.

The challenge with acting on our conscience is our human nature is not perfect. All us in some area of our lives desire to do evil. It is these evil desires that can win over our conscience and good intentions. Romans 7:23 advises us on the struggle of conscience and becoming slaves to sin.

Romans 7:23, “but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.”

Through Jesus the Good in Me Prevails Over My Fleshly Desires.

It is Jesus that makes the difference in whether we do good or do evil. If we acknowledge our sins and accept Jesus as both our Lord and Savior, we then have the power to do good. When Jesus is our Lord, we are no longer slaves to sin. Romans 7:25 advises to thank Jesus that through Him we do not need to be slaves to sin.

Romans 7:25, “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”