“Peace of conscience is to the soul what health is to the body. Even a suit of gold cloth does not feel comfortable on a diseased man's shoulders.
What an acceptable work it is to win men to Christ! A doctor is never angry with a man who brings a patient to him, because through the cure his dedication and skill will be publicized. And this is the great design Christ has had for a long time, and prayed for-- "that the world may believe" that God sent Him John 17:21. His aim in gathering souls by the grace of the Gospel is "to take out... a people" from the heap of sinners "for his name Acts 15:14-- to choose a peculiar people, show mercy on them, and allow His glorious name to be exalted.
Peace of reconciliation reconciles a man to God; but peace of conscience reconciles him to himself. Since man broke peace with God he has not been able to be a friend to his own conscience. This second kind of peace is so necessary that the person cannot taste the sweetness of reconciliation with God, or of any other mercy, without it.
Peace of conscience is to the soul what health is to the body. Even a suit of gold cloth does not feel comfortable on a diseased man's shoulders. And neither does anything seem joyous to a distressed conscience. When Moses brought good news to the troubled Israelites in Egypt "they hearkened (to give heed or attention to what is said ) not" to him "for anguish of spirit", Exodus 6:9. Hannah went up to the festival at Jerusalem with her husband but "she wept, and did not eat" 1 Samuel 1:7 Thus the wounded soul goes to the sermon but does not partake of it; she hears many precious promises but cannot receive the life they offer.
A royal banquet spread before a deeply troubled man does not make him happy; he would rather go off in a corner by himself and cry. "A wounded spirit who can bear?" Proverbs 18:14. Diseases which are incurable are called the physician's reproach. And the spiritual perplexity of an accusing conscience puts all the world to shame for their vain attempts to apply a cure.”Quoted material from, ”The Christian in Complete Armour Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare” by Gurnall and James S Bell. http://www.moodypublishers.com/pub_productDetail.aspx?id=41823&pid=53617