LIFE APPLICATION. Paul described some people he called hypocrites this way: “They don’t have a conscience anymore. The one they used to have has been cauterized—seared senseless” (1 Timothy 4:2). What do you think it takes to sear a conscience senseless?
Wants and needs can be compelling motivators. Hungry people will steal for food they need. Rich people will exploit and cheat for the increased wealth they want. In addition, sometimes we go against our conscience because of pressure from a supervisor at work or from a spouse. Sometimes we say and do wrong things because we’ve gotten in the habit. In time, we can become desensitized to the harm it causes.
Excerpt from Leader’s Guide & Atlas for 1, 2 Timothy