Built-in Alarm System

Doug Boock

Have you ever done something you know you shouldn’t, but aren’t sure why it was wrong? There’s a reason for it. It’s found in the Bible.

In Romans 2:14-15, it says that God’s law is “written on our hearts.” The full passage reads like this: “Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.”

God has tucked into our hearts a knowledge of right and wrong. When we do something that is wrong - even though no one’s actually told us it was wrong - we know it. Our conscience “accuses” us.

It’s like an alarm system. It lets us know we’ve sinned so we can confess our sin to God and be cleansed of it.

1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

The next time you do something your conscience tells you that you shouldn’t, you’ll know it’s wrong because the law is written on your heart. Just confess your sin and enjoy renewed fellowship with God.

“I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.” (Acts 24:16)

“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17)