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Feedback and a Good Conscience
A good conscience would eventually lead to peace and happiness. This is a knowing in our heart that we are right in our relationship with God that makes us live right with other people.
When we miss the mark with God or hurt some other person, we must make things right with them.
Nevertheless, we can also prevent doing wrong by receiving feedback to help our conscience.
How can we receive feedback on right and wrong?
God's Word is the perfect guide and when we read and meditate on the right word, we develop a good conscience.
Let's look at two ways to examine feedback from people:
The first way is by seeing what the Bible says about an issue. If God's Word says something is wrong, then it is wrong, no matter what others may say about it. For example, we know that it is wrong to steal because God's Word says, "Thou shalt not steal."
A second way we can know what is wrong is by listening to our conscience. Our conscience is a little voice inside of us that tells us what God thinks about an issue. Our conscience will do two things for us:
1. Our conscience will tell us when we have done something wrong.
2. Our conscience will warn us that we are feeding on something wrong before we act on it.
Self examination allows for feedback for a good conscience
Follow your conscience highlights how to maintain a good conscience. These are principles that sensitize our conscience :
A genuine care about people's needs.
A promise should be as binding as a contract.
Following through on every commitment we make.
Being straight with people. Tell it like it is.
Always telling the truth or the truth eventually tells on us.
Surrounding ourself with people who have a high degree of integrity.
Our actions “behind the scenes" impacts on trust and credibility.
Our actions must match your words.
Admit when we’re wrong.
Words spoken in confidence are words spoken in trust.
Learning how to disagree without being disagreeable.
It’s not only what we present but how it is presented.
Character is sustained by impressions of a good conscience.
Follow your conscience emphasises character as the ingredient for success and joy. If we’re looking for methods to develop godly character, build trust, have better relationships, and chart a course to fulfillment, our conscience can't be ignored.
Furthermore a good conscience is void of offence towards God and man. It influences both our vertical and horrizontal relationship with God and man. This is the result of a conscience purified by an understanding of the word and obedience of truth. 1 pet 1:22, 1 Tim 1:5.