February 20, Tuesday

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God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.

Ecclesiastes 12, 14.

None of us likes to suffer pain. Yet our sensitivity to pain is indeed a wonderful example of the work of our Creator. Pain is the alarm signal in our body. It warns us that something is not in order and causes us to visit the doctor in time.

Regarding our spirit and our soul, God has also implanted an “indicator”: our conscience. It makes us feel uneasy when we have done something wrong or wicked and is satisfied when we do what is good. But just as the sensitivity to pain is not the same in everyone, neither does everybody’s conscience cause the same reaction. Its sensitivity is dependent on the influences to which people are exposed and on their personal behaviour. So the indication of good and evil coming from the conscience is relative. Nevertheless, we should on no account ignore or suppress the voice of our conscience. It is God’s way of showing us that something is wrong in our life, that we have sinned.

Just as pain makes us go to the doctor’s, the accusing voice of our conscience should urge us to go to the Saviour of the world. Jesus Christ alone can help us when we are troubled because of our sins. In the Bible, which presents God’s absolute standard of good and evil, we not only find that God must and will punish all wrongdoing, but that the Lord Jesus died for the sins of all who believe in Him. Therefore God can pardon all who rest on Christ and His work of redemption accomplished at the cross.