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‘There probably was a time when the pain of conscience poked at the persons heart. But there was something more compelling, some desire that won out over conscience. Over time, the pain of conscience became less and less noticeable. There was a chorus of other inner voices rationalizing or minimizing the sin. In the end those voices died down because the conscience had been reduced to a faint whisper, not hard at all to ignore. The heart became hard, the callous complete, the searing finished. Finally it became even easier for other desires to have an easy passage with the conscience conveniently crusted over.’ *

Lord, in your mercy, wake us – warm us – warn us – shake us till we see our need for you.

*Encountering Guilt and Shame, Green. P. 94



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