See Conscience Part 1: Definition here.
See Conscience Part 2: Discretion here.
See Conscience Part 3: Discretion, cont'd here.
I have an aunt and uncle who live in Idaho. And my uncle, in his retirement, has taken up the hobby of boat building. He has completed one boat and is now working on a second. I thought of him this week because I remembered him describing the process of forming the side boards of the boat to fit the frame. I wrote him this week to ask more about it. He said that he actually uses already pliable planks. But there is a process that many use which requires a steam box. You take the plank, which is rigid, and you steam it for a period of time. Then it’s sufficiently pliable to fasten to the frame of the boat and it cools and hardens in its new shape.
I think of that as a good picture of how the Christian conscience needs to be formed. If an insensitive Christian tries to bend the rigid board of a weak believer’s conscience, it may very well break. But through Bible reading and prayer and mentoring by godly individuals, the conscience will, over time, become more aligned with God’s design.