Romans 2: 14,15 (KJV)

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:
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;)

The conscience functions something like a computer.

A computer is programmed to respond in specific ways to specific information.  Also it responds to information based on the commands that it’s been programmed to follow.

When I click on a word processing application, the computer knows to open a word processor. For the most part, computers are simply responders.

The conscience is a responder as well.

It responds to certain input just as it has been programmed. Paul described it like this, “When Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do things in the law, these , although not having the law, are a law onto themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them” (Rom. 2:14, 15).

God has programmed His moral code into the heart of every man and woman.

We are born with it. When a person’s actions or thoughts violate that code, the conscience responds by sending a “No” message to the brain. On the other hand, when the act or thought goes along with the preprogrammed moral code, the conscience says, “Go.”

Notice, Paul says our thoughts sometimes point out the legitimacy of certain actions.

When that happens, if the actions line up with the Law of God written in our hearts, the conscience gives us the go ahead.

When you became a Christian, a change began to occur in your conscience. The basic moral code that everyone has at birth began to get overhauled.

The spirit of truth took up residency in your heart.

Then, whether you were aware of it or not, He immediately set about to reprogram your conscience. Whereas before you had a general sense of right and wrong, the Holy Spirit uses all this input to reprogram the database through which your conscience evaluates every opportunity, thought, invitation, word and deed.

As this process continues, your conscience tunes in with the moral code of the Holy Spirit—a code reflecting the moral and ethical standards of God’s moral standards but also to the will of God.

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