An excerpt from Beth Moore's: To Live Christ Day By Day
"By itself, all the conscience can do with a guilty person is condemn. But the Holy Spirit who resides in us supplies abundant power not only to recognize the right thing, but to do it.
Take a good look at the cross of Christ. Really take a good mental look at it. Was Christ death on the cross enough to cover your sin? Was it enough to take away your guilt? Yes! He gave everything He had for everything we've said, done, or thought. (Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow)
Then picture yourself at the foot of the cross; close enough to have your heart cleansed by His redemptive blood. No sin is too grievous. No load is too heavy for Christ to carry. Walk away free, and leave behind with God that old condemning tape you've been playing over and over on you're mental recorder."
I read the above excerpt yesterday and cried aloud...again.
WOW did I have some heavy baggage and a lot of old tapes that kept on repeating themselves. I could not shake the voices in my head. It was years and years of negative messages from myself and others.
People will condemn us...and sadly enough...we do condemn ourselves; over and over again. But with the Love of Christ, there is no condemnation.
It took me quite some time to realize that the "thoughts" I thought about myself were just that..."my" thoughts. The more and more I read His word, the more and more, I began to believe what He said about me and less and less about what I perceived about myself. And once it finally sunk in...the negative remarks from others bothered me less and less.
Being free inside my mind was like having the Sumo Wrestler finally getting off my back and allowing me to stand straight up. I'm actually a lot taller than I thought. Lol