Did you notice when you were young that you kinda knew what’s right from wrong even though no one has told you yet. Then your selfish nature got the best of you, and you got a reprimand, a yelling and even a spanking from your parents. Oh yeah, I got quite a few of all those three.
All of us have been blessed with a conscience. Some better than other and some are swayed one way or the other by outside influences like religion, teachers, parents, friends, TV and video games (yes, I love to mention those two last items always).
To be a good person, we must learn how to develop our conscience. And how do I propose we do that? First, we find people to emulate. I’ve found several people that stood as standards of behavior as I was growing up. I’ve always admired humble and patient people (probably because I needed to learn it). I observe their behavior hoping I could someday become like them.
Another way is reading books that tell you how to behave or act. The Book of Proverbs is a shining example of that and it is one of 66 books in a compilation of books called the Bible. There’s also many books on how to develop your character, boldness, etc. It’s nice to read even one of them at least once a year.
Of course, our conscience is based on the Moral Law which is from God Himself. That’s why there are tribes out there in the most remote areas of the world that are as loving as your next door neighbor or your family. They may have a different understanding of the Creator but they have an understanding of what it takes to be moral.
Ignoring the messages of our conscience gets us in bad situation. It won’t happen in one day, but it’s a slow slide to misery. I remember my first puff of cigarette a long time ago. It slowly progressed over several months to up to smoking a pack a day years later. Then I finally listened – slowly tried to quit smoking and finally did it on the third try.
Did you know that many criminals (especially the notorious ones like Al Capone) refused to listen to their conscience for a long time – that their conscience are almost gone – seared to almost nothingness. What they do instead is justify their behavior.
What’s the effect of a highly developed conscience? For one, the community prospers and live peacefully. Did you notice that the most advanced and prosperous countries are filled with people with good conscience? I’ve been to countries where you can actually feel the danger around you and it wasn’t fun at all feeling you’re always to be on guard for just about anything.
There’s more ways to make our conscience better each day – but I’ll leave it to you to research and ponder.