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Tune Out the Accusing Voices
By Victoria Osteen - Jun 24, 2010
In the New Testament, the Bible talks about a woman who was caught in the act of adultery. The religious leaders had already condemned her in their minds because their law said she should be stoned to death. Out of curiosity, they brought her to Jesus to see what He would do, but Jesus surprised them all with His response. He didn't condemn the woman, but instead He showed her love and compassion. In fact, He turned the whole thing around and said, "You who are without sin throw the first stone," and they left one by one.

Jesus turned to the woman and said, "Where are your accusers? Did anyone condemn you?" She answered, "No one, Lord." Jesus then said something very profound, something that gives us insight into who He really is: "Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more."

Where sin abounds, grace abounds so much more (Romans 5:20). God was, in essence, saying, "I don't put my stamp of approval on condemnation." See, God is not in the business of condemning people; He's in the business of improving and loving people.

You may have encountered people who want to accuse you and "throw stones" at you, but that's not the way our God is. He's never going to throw stones at you or try to push you down. He wants to empower you to live a better life. Maybe you've made some mistakes, or maybe you've been hurt by someone who threw rocks at you. Today is your day to let go of that hurt and open your heart to receive God's love because it's His love that sets us free and empowers us to change.

Remember, as long as we live, there will be accusing voices. The faultfinders and stone throwers will always be there. When the negative voices come, we can either believe them and stay where we are, or we can believe that we're forgiven, accepted, and approved by God. It's up to us to cast the deciding vote on what dominates our lives—freedom or condemnation, faith or fear, love or bitterness.

Decide today to make the best choice: receive God's love and live with confidence. Tune out the accusing voices so you can move forward into the freedom and blessing God has prepared for you.
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