12 Because all who have sinned not knowing the law will also perish not knowing the law, and all who have sinned understanding the law will be judged by the law. 13 Because it is not those who hear the law who are righteous before God, but those who do the law will be declared righteous. 14 Because whenever the Gentiles, who do not know the law, do by nature the things required by the law, these who do not know the law are a law to themselves. 15 They show that the work of the law is written in their hearts, as their conscience bears witness and their conflicting thoughts first accuse and then defend them, 16 on the day when God will judge the secrets of human hearts, as I proclaim in my gospel through Christ Jesus.
the law of conscience
God has placed a conscience inside each one of us, and that conscience lets us know when we are doing wrong. We can suppress that inner law and build up elaborate theological systems to defend our own sinfulness, but judgment day is coming. On that day, God will judge the secrets of human hearts. His gift of conscience will vindicate him on that day. No one will be able to claim that they were unaware of the sinfulness of their sin. Each will understand they willingly rebelled against the law written on their hearts.
LORD, thank you for the law of conscience which drove us to seek Christ, our Savior.