Saturday, May 30th, 2009
"The law of his God is in his heart, his steps will not wobble." (Psalms 37:41)
"A Christian's spiritual development should be ongoing, as should his progress in hearing and responding to his conscience. Let us imagine Mark, recently baptized. His conscience tells him to shun unscriptural practices that he formerly engaged in. In fact, he now scrupulously avoids things even vaguely similar to what God forbids. On the other hand, he is puzzled about why some reject certain things that he finds acceptable, such as certain television programs. Over time, Mark grows in knowledge and draws closer to God. (Colossians 1:9, 10) With what effect? The voice within him receives considerable training. In fact, he realizes that some of the things "vaguely similar" that he shunned are actually not contrary to God's thinking. Furthermore, Mark is now moved by his conscience to avoid programs that he earlier felt were acceptable. Yes, his conscience has been refined.
(Watchtower issue: 10/15/07, 2:16, 17)
*I remember back when we studied this Watchtower lesson at the meeting, because a sister made a comment that stood out to me in regards to how our spirituality is continually refined. That progress and refinement of our conscience happens little by little over time, as our knowledge and understanding of the Bible grows. She said that when she first got baptized she hadn't found that 'balance' or 'equilibrium' yet when it came to her spirituality in smaller matters, so she tended to go a little 'overboard' when it came to avoiding things that really weren't wrong. But as the years went by and she acquired a deeper understanding of the scriptures, she became more and more balanced in her outlook of right and wrong when it came to those 'grey areas' or 'matters of conscience', and no longer felt judgemental or stumbled by the personal preferences and choices of other people in the congregation.
-I know for me personally -I can look back and see the gradual refinement going on... I can see a difference in my preferences from just a few years ago in comparison with now, because certain "questionable" entertainment that I used to love, I no longer feel drawn to anymore (especially tv shows and music that have dark or spiritistic overtones)
*by the way, Romans 14 is a great chapter if you wanna do any additional reading & study in regards to the discussion of today's Bible text.