Your Heart's Firewall - Your God-Given Conscience

our Conscience is our firewall
God gave us a conscience to protect us from harmful actions and thoughts...

"When God made you, He gave you a built-in 'firewall' to protect you from making destructive decisions...This firewall is known as the human conscience." 
Dan Delzell 

According to the research of psychologist Robert Feldman, by age 3 most children "understand the short-term benefits of deception," and the average adult lies 13 times a week. 

Feldman says the "most troubling finding" from his research is how easily some people lie and how quickly they forget that they lied. 

Psychologist Dan Ariely agrees, explaining that what separates harmless from harmful liars is how they "rationalize their dishonesty." 

Apparently, harmful liars are those who have lied so often that they begin to believe their own lies. 1 Timothy 4:2 describes them as "liars whose consciences are seared.” 

Today let's think carefully and prayerfully about our record: Are we careful to tell the truth and quick to admit and repent of lies? It's the only way to maintain our God-given firewall. 

Source: "Liar, Liar" by Sarah Jio, Oprah Magazine, July 2013, page 77-80.
Opening quote: HERE

13 comments:

  1. Amazing that a young child learns to lie at such an early age, and continues. I do hope I am not in that group for my tongue has been converted to Jesus speak. We do need to watch ourselves. I know some (a few) who can't tell the truth if their life depended on it. :-)

    Oh yes, this is Hazel and I note my husband has his site listed in your comments. He is writing continued stories and is offering his free e-book on his site. A new release will also be free for a limited time. in a few days

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    1. Yes, I agree that it is amazing and sad how early we learn to do the wrong things. But then, I guess we are born with a sin nature.

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  2. Those who lie more often than they tell the truth have deceived themselves as much as they deceive us. Thanks for the great post & for hosting & God bless!

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  3. I like your comparison of our conscience being like a firewall. It makes it easy to remember. Thanks for hosting Gail. Have a blessed day!!

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  4. I've witnessed people lying when the truth would have been much easier to tell. Makes me wonder, sometimes. Thanks for another good note.

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  5. Love the firewall analogy! Yes, repentance is the key because the more you lie the easier it would be to continue to lie, and then you would just be the habitual liar who believes their own lies that you talked about. Honestly, it just seems to much easier to tell the truth in my opinion! Thanks for hosting today.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your insights, Nan, and thanks for linking up.
      : )

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  6. What a great analogy! I loved this entire post. Thank you for sharing this today.May we not only walk in truth but be truthful.
    Have a great Friday!
    Joanne

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    1. Thanks, Joanne,for the encouraging comment. Have a great Friday too.

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  7. The firewall analogy is a one hadn't thought about but it that is a very good way of describing it. Hope you have fabulous Friday, Gail.

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    1. Thanks, Wanda, you have a great Friday too.
      Gail : )

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  8. Hi Gail, I love this. Going to pass it on. IMO, there is a lot of that going on in the world today. Thanks for this fab link up, friend.

    Kim

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  9. Thanks for allowing me to share at your awesome site!

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