I believe my focus has been way too one-sided. This constant focus on walking in victory over sin has actually distracted me from focusing on the most important law in the Scriptures, which isn’t: sin not (though this is important), but first love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and second, love your neighbor as yourself. My constant focus on not sinning led me to focus on false prophets and the outcome was just much criticism (those guys are wolves and do need to be exposed, but they shouldn’t be the focus).
So Jesus is bringing me back to the basics. His primary focus was loving the lost in amazing ways that they might repent of their sins and trust in Him as their Lord and Savior and be forgiven and saved from the coming judgement. Whenever the wolves came in His way and tested Him, he exposed them, but He wasn’t hunting them down; they were not His focus. And till this day Christ’s love radically heals and transforms broken hearts. Praying I don’t get side-tracked ever again, because focusing on loving God and others naturally causes all the other commandments to fall into place anyhow. I also wanted to say I’m sorry to anyone who I’ve turned off from God, and I pray Christ reveals His incredible love to you, and that you come to know Him—who is Love—intimately and that you too are healed by Him.
If I speak human or angelic languages but do not have love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I donate all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body in order to boast but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited, does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not provoked, and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. (1 Corinthians 13:1-8 HCSB)
Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13 HCSB)
Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments: Do not commit adultery; do not murder; do not steal; do not covet; and whatever other commandment — all are summed up by this: Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Love, therefore, is the fulfillment of the law. (Romans 13:8-10 HCSB)