It’s quite often that we encourage tolerance and love towards others, but every once in awhile we are confronted with something personal and it dawns on us that all the compassion that we offer to others, we neglect to offer ourselves. Luckily, God always has love and forgiveness ready for us.
Something like this happened to me just the other day that I was speaking to an old friend. Old feelings came up. Old “stuff” has a way of doing that. For the hours that followed I felt a deep-rooted anxiety that all the mistakes I’d made--all the things I’d thought, all the things I’d said and done so carelessly--were still part of me.
I judged myself for hours and to be honest, I felt a little doomed.
After some prayer and a soul-opening conversation with one of my closest friends, I was able to restore my peace. I was able to stop over-identifying with my sins, with the thinking that produced them, and the judgment that accompanied them.
God heals our wounds when we offer them to Him. He changes us by helping us heal the wounds and limiting beliefs that we've tied into "who we are."
With His help and friendship, we are less of our false selves and more of His light. Our transgressions are released. God works quickly, but it is our nature to delay this process. We refuse help. We hold on to things. We are proud and we fester.
And though the world will often test us and offer it back to us claiming, "This is who you are." It is then that we must find the courage to say, "That was never me. God has shown me and has healed me of this limiting belief." We must trust that God has healed us. Believe in Him, not your sins. You are not your sins. You never were.