John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
In the Old Testament obedience of the law was fear based. Now in the New Testament it is love based. If you can obey the law based on your love of God and you’re good with that, God is good with that. He can work with it.
Where in the law does it say to love your enemies?
Matthew 5:43-45 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Is this a law?
Hebrews 10:23-25 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
His love is provocative but cannot be anything but good love if left to bask in the radiance of the Son alone.
At some point in your walk with Christ this new heart of yours (Ezekiel 36:26) which serves a new conscience (Hebrews 10:22), will not be satisfied with mere obedience of ordinances.
These things Jesus said that demonstrate the love of God towards all mankind are based on a personal relationship. The letter of the law is impersonal.
A personal relationship with Christ is acceptable love.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Yesterday I ended the devotional His Will with this pointed question: Is that seeking God’s will or satisfying our own conscience? My point was in trying to determine God’s will and our attention to that will. How much we pay attention to His will varies within us as either good, acceptable or perfect. This is about the condition of conscience with respect to His will.
This transformation of mind is a conscious decision. Our ability to prove the will of God in respect to our conscience is a reflection of our heart condition. It is because God is One, has One will, has One objective, has One plan. It is foundational to Who God is and why He does everything. We on the other hand come to terms with the His will according to our understanding. God’s will for all of us is the same and is identified in the first commandment.
Matthew 22:37-38 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
God created us to be loved and to love (the second commandment). God is love. Return to the issues of proving God’s will in respect to conscience in Romans 12:2, all you have to do is substitute will with love to gain insight as to that proof.
Good love, acceptable love, perfect love are all subjective to our understanding of our performance of that love which is the basis of conscience.
How well you love determines how deep you are in God’s will, good, acceptable or perfect.