The Conscience and the Holy Spirit

The heart contains a number of internal prompters but some of them lead children in the wrong direction. For example, the heart contains emotions, but sometimes those emotions prompt children to act inappropriately. The heart contains desires but when those desires are wrong we call them temptations.

God has placed two governors in the heart to guide the internal motivations of a person. Those two governors are the conscience and the Holy Spirit. The conscience is a part of the heart. The Holy Spirit is a person. The conscience can prompt children to do right or avoid wrong, but the Holy Spirit can empower them to change.

As you help children develop a strong conscience you’re making them more aware of internal promptings. In doing so, you’ll be preparing them to learn to listen to the voice of God in their lives. We have no record of the conscience speaking in the Bible. Instead, it feels good or bad, but the Holy Spirit does speak.

Children can learn to listen to the voice of God in their lives. How does God speak to a child? Through his Word, through an internal sense of peace, through prayer, and even through parents.

Talk to your kids about the internal prompters. When you do, help them to know what to do with those promptings. Just because you feel like doing something, doesn’t make it right. We must always check our hearts against the scriptures. That’s the only way to know what is truly the right thing to do.

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  1. While the Bible does speak of every human having a conscience, only those who have been born again are indwelt with Holy spirit, where God takes the heart of stone & replaces it with a heart of flesh (New Covenant). Through that regenerating working of the Holy Spirit the beleiver now has been justified and they can pray to the father (Jesus Christ Himself is interceding on their behalf before the Father). Maybe I am misunderstanding what you are trying to convey. Would you clarify this for me?

  2. Stephanie, thank you for your question. It's a good one. The Holy Spirit indwells believers only, but also has a work in the life of nonbelievers to convict the world in regards to guilt (John 16:8). God has also placed a conscience in every person, Christian and nonchristian. Both have a prompting work on the heart of a person. Regeneration cleanses the conscience (Hebrews 10:22) but that doesn't end the work of keeping it clear. Paul said in Acts 24:16, "I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man." The work of salvation is crucial in understanding the theological concept of the conscience. The word conscience is used 30 times in the NT, most of those having to do with believers. Our goal is to understand the theological concept of the conscience and apply the lessons we're learning to the parenting of children.
    Please feel free to dialogue further if you'd like but I'll stop here at this point in order to not make this post too long. -Scott

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  4. My friend seems to think that once you receive the Holy spirit, that it replaces the conscience, and so you either have one or the other. He thinks after you have received the Holy Spirt, you no longer have a conscience. Couldn't that be proven false biblically? Given how may times the conscience is mentioned in the NT?
    I think his thinking is absolutely ludicrous. I believe we always have a conscience, even after receiving the Holy Spirt, as "God has set eternity in the hearts of man", a piece of himself, and internal compass. Ecc. 3:11

    1. The best thing to do in this case is to go to the Bible and ask God about the conscience after and during salvation. Let's start with this verse: Hebrews 10:22, "let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water."

      That verse talks about how salvation does a work on the conscience. Doesn't replace it but cleanses it. Now, let's look at Paul's opinion of the conscience and see what he has to say about it as a believer:

      Acts 24:16 says, "So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man."

      There are 28 more uses of the word "conscience" in the NT. I would suggest you look them all up and then have an open discussion with your friend. It's a great study.

  5. Hebrews 9:14

    how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

    Peter 3:21

    Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you--not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience--through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,