I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, the power, and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ has come; for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night. – Revelation 12, WEB
Who is it that accuses and brings false charges against you? That troubles you and wearies you and points out every wrong and imperfect thing he could find in you? That brings before you again and again your past disgrace, your every folly, your bitter shame? Who is it that wants to humiliate you and discourage you and suck out every breath of hope that is still left in you? Who is it that wants you to be damned?
Certainly, not God.
For though God is just and holy, and has nothing to do with any wickedness or sin, He loves you and desires only your good. He came not condemn, but to save and to give hope, to give light where there is darkness, life where there is death.
He is the voice of justice, but He is ever also the voice of mercy and infinite love! Our repentance is not one therefore that should bring us to despair, but to hope, and to trust in the One who never gives up on His children.
Whenever you hear the voice that curses you to despair, cast it away! Go forth at once into the presence of Him whose mercy is boundless and whose love for you knows no end.
“The spirit of God is a spirit of peace, and also in the case of grave sin, it makes us feel tranquil sorrow, humble, confident, and this is due precisely to His mercy. The spirit of the demon, on the contrary, excites, exasperates, and makes us in our sorrow feel something like anger against ourselves, whereas our first charity must be to ourselves, and so if certain thoughts agitate you, this agitation never comes from God, who gives tranquility, being the Spirit of Peace.” – Padre Pio
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