Tormenting Thoughts, Part 1 - “Hate your sin not yourself”

Romans 8:5 NLT 
Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.

The mind is often the scene of the most difficult battles for those who strive to live right before God. For a conscientious Christian, simply having a horrible thought can be enough to provoke guilt, shame, and even fear regarding salvation! Those who have been transformed by the renewing of their minds(Romans 12:2) may remember how evil their thoughts used to be, yet they may still be plagued by the fact that thoughts of lust, malice, rage, pride, or other evil still occur. For some, this can be truly tormenting.

Temptations are NOT sin. Jesus Himself was tempted in all points like we are, yet WITHOUT sin. Giving in to the temptation is the sin. Do you find yourself allowing self-condemnation simply because you suffer from normal occurrences of temptation? Do you really believe the Holy Spirit would exercise His control over your thoughts by provoking discouragement or self-hatred? Do you tend to “hate yourself” for or by sinful thoughts rather than simply hating sin? Do you ask the Spirit to help you develop or practice the habit of “refocusing” your mind on good things during bouts of tormenting thoughts? Think on this principle:

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV 
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.