Conscience Sermon Illustrations

Conscience Sermon Illustrations

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A Sensitive Conscience

A short time ago a writer read a story in The Sunday School Times that made him thoughtful. A great menagerie was sold by auction. Some straw that had been used as temporary bedding for the wild beasts was bought by a man who owned a livery stable. And horses that had never seen a lion were uneasy and refused to enter the stalls where the straw was. It was an instinctive dread of an unseen enemy. And it is possible for a conscience to be so delicately adjusted to the voice of God that when a lure which we do not certainly know to be sinful, a cunningly baited trap for the soul, is placed in our track, there shall be spiritual instinct, a divine scent, that shall make us draw back and avoid the danger. —S. S. World.


Discharged Soldier Pays Conscience Money

The United States Treasury is $60 ahead and a former soldier's conscience is at ease, the War Department disclosed.

The unidentified ex-serviceman placed two bills—a fifty and a ten—in a plain envelope. He enclosed a one-sentence note:

"The enclosed covers some blankets which, as I see it now, should have been turned in by me on my discharge."

Marked personal, the letter was mailed in New York to Lieut. Gen. Brehon Som­ervell, Commanding General, Army Service Forces. The money was forwarded by the War Department to the Treasury.

The above release from the War Department is more than interesting. It is great to have a conscience void of offense toward men. But through faith it is possible to know things are made right with God. "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom. 5:1).—Courtesy Moody Monthly.


Sensitiveness

Ex-Chief Bonner of the New York fire department once said that he heard the slightest tap on the bell over his bed, but the baby could cry all night without disturbing him, though his wife rarely ever heard the fire alarm, but the slightest squeak from the baby would awaken her. It is possible for us to have our hearts set to hear the messages of God so that the slightest tap on the bell of conscience will awaken us. From "The Bottles of Heaven," by Ridge Revilo.


An Uneasy Conscience

What burden of fears an uneasy conscience piles on its possessor! In St. Louis a policeman used nothing more deadly than a hard stare to stop an automobile thief. While directing traffic at a street intersection, Officer Eldred Hinch, "for no particular reason," he said, glared hard at the driver of an approaching car. To his surprise the motorist pulled up alongside him and said, "Yep, I stole the car." At the station he said he came from Terre Haute. Seeing the keys in the ignition of a parked automobile there, he had suddenly decided "to take a ride," but he had a passenger with him on his ride that he had not reckoned on, his own uneasy conscience. If a policeman's eye can be so disconcerting, how will wrong-doers face the presence of the Lord, when "every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him"? (Rev. 1:7) . — Christian Life.


A Matter of Conscience

A minister was about to leave his own congregation for a distant city, to beg on behalf of his place of worship. Before his departure he called together the principal people connected with his charge, and said to them: "Now, I shall be asked whether we have conscientiously done all that we can for the removal of the debt. What answer am I to give? Mr. So-and-so, can you, in conscience, say that you have given all you can?" "Well, sir," was the reply, "if you come to conscience, I don't know that I can." The same question was put to a second, and third, and so on, and similar answers were returned, until the whole sum required was subscribed, and there was no longer any need for the pastor to wear out his soul in going to the city on such an errand.—Christian Herald (London).


When Conscience Differed

Dr. Alexander Smellie said in an article in The Sunday School Times, " `I ought' is a noble rule when the conscience has once been enlightened from above. But into what errors and excesses, foolishness and sins, the rule may plunge us when our `ought' is opposed to Christ!" Thus a Hindu said to a British Administrator in India, "Our consciences tell us to burn our widows on the funeral pyres of their husbands." And the Englishman replied, "Our consciences tell us to hang you if you do."—Sunday School Times.


Convicted

The night was dark, the road a lonely one. A man named Kline, lying in wait for one whom he believed to be his enemy, and whom he decided to kill, was startled to hear the voices of several children raised in singing? The guilty conscience heard, "Jesus died for Auld Man Kline, and Jesus died for me." Terror-stricken, he fled to his home. The next time there was a Gospel meeting held he was present, and before long was able to sing with the children, "Jesus died for all mankind, and Jesus died for me."—Sunday School Times.


Self Respect

Before James A. Garfield became President of the United States he served for a number of years in Congress as representative of an Ohio district. One day, as he reviewed his political career, he said to some friends: "I have for many years represented a district in Congress, whose approbation I greatly desired; but, though it may sound a little egotistical to say it, I desired still more the approbation of one person, and his name is Garfield. He is the only man I am compelled to sleep with and eat with and live with and die with; and if I do not have his approbation I should have bad companionship."—William R. King, in Motives for Christian Living, Harper & Brothers, publishers.


How To Face Christ

A man murdered another on the shores of Lake Michigan. He threw the body into the water and ran away. Three days later the body was washed up in front of the murderer's cabin. The guilty man, troubled by conscience, confessed his crime and surrendered himself to the authorities, exclaiming: "Ah, yes, I know the tides did it! The tides did it!" When the tides of memory, conscience, and reason begin to roll in on the judgment day every secret thing will be made manifest. The eyes of the Son of God will commend or condemn, according as you have acknowledged your sins here and trusted in Him as your personal Saviour, or refused to confess Him while you have clung to your sins. Surely reason urges you to trust Christ as your Redeemer and not to wait to face Him as your Judge.—Howard W. Ferrin, in Unto All.

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