When we are close to God, His Spirit heals our conscience. Just as God created animals with instincts which help them avoid danger, He created humans with a conscience and ability to recognize sin. However, when we repeatedly choose the destruction of sin, our conscience becomes scarred. I destroyed my conscience with sin–even AFTER I became a child of God. I chose the sin of my own independence, I followed my own pursuits and dreams, I followed fleshly desires, I sought after love, I gossiped, I lived in lies, I lived in worry, and I neglected my personal relationship with God–just to name a few. My conscience became so scarred that it produced only a minimal aversion to my sin. Sin ran rampant in my “christian” life and my only deterrent was when I got caught!

My conscience was shot in a million pieces. Then–at the bottom–I saw God’s goodness. I began to fall in love with Him. I began to experience the wonderfulness of walking in His Spirit. As I walked with Him, He began to heal the scars of my conscience. God replaced the hardened scar tissue with the ultra-sensitive awakening of His Spirit. God is Holy. He teaches us how to avoid the sin that sears our conscience and ultimately destroys us–even sneaky sins–like worry. The experience of God working through me is both humbling and exhilarating. I NEVER want to go back to sin’s slavery!

Once we begin to experience His satisfaction, we become determined to do whatever it takes to keep anything from coming between us and Him. When we seek Him, this tender promise becomes our reality: “For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you…And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it, when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.’” (Isaiah 30:19, 21) Almighty God extends a priceless invitation to His children to share in His perfect love, wisdom and power. When He heals our scars, we realize He is everything we need!