And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offense toward God, and toward men.
There are three classes of men:
1. The conscientious, who always ask, What is right?
2. The mass of men, who do what is agreeable, or what promotes their interests.
3. Those who in great matters are conscientious, but not in small.
I. THE NATURE OF CONSCIENTIOUSNESS. Acting from a sense of right, as opposed to acting from expediency or for self-indulgence.
II. ITS DIFFICULTY. Because of —
1. The strong opposing principles within.
2. The opposing influences without — those of friendship, party, example.
3. The moral courage and firmness of character it requires.
III. ITS SPHERE.
1. Personal religion.
2. Domestic life.
3. Business occupation.
4. Church activity.
IV. ITS AIDS.
1. A fixed purpose. The power of the will is great.
2. Living near to God.
1. We are doing right.
2. It purifies the heart.
3. It gives power, because it secures influence and respect.
(C. Hodge, D. D.)
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