In Acts 23:1 Paul states that his conscience has assured him that he has lived a life that is pleasing to God. The concept of ‘conscience’ is key to Paul as he uses it twice in the book of Acts (23:1; 24:16) and 20 times in his letters. The word means ‘to know with, to know together’ and refers to the fact that a person’s conscience acts as an inner ‘judge’ or ‘witness’ that approves when we do right and disapproves when we do wrong (Rom. 2:15). A person’s conscience does not make the standards, but only applies it once it has been established, whether it is right or wrong. If a person has fed his/her conscience with bad standards then their conscience will give them bad guidance. For example, the conscience of a hardened criminal would bother him if he told the truth about his fellow criminals to law enforcement, just as much as a Christian’s conscience would convict him if he told a lie about another person. This understanding of conscience reveals the great importance of getting into God’s Word and allowing it to get into us. This occurs as we establish habits of reading, studying, memorizing, meditating, and practicing God’s Word for these actions allow the Word to program our conscience on how to guide us in our life & life decisions in a way that is good and right. The Psalmist notes this in saying ‘I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you’ (Psalm 119:11). So, how are you programming your conscience today? Know that you can also feed the conscience of others as well by sharing your standards and convictions with them. This is especially the case for our kids.