Everywhere I turn, people are trying to tell me that now that my Messiah came and showed me how to perfectly obey the instructions in Torah, I don’t have to worry about obeying all those instructions any more. All I have to do is love.
What exactly does that mean?
The hippy movement got it right?
So, I can throw away the 10 commandments and just love everyone?
Does the definition of sin then become as simple as not loving? In a word, yes, but in reality, it has always been that way, it was simply clarified by the Messiah.
Where is the standard then for how we are to behave if YHWHs instructions are no longer our guide?
Better yet, what does it mean to love YHWH with all our heart and love our neighbor as ourselves?
If we take a look at the words Yeshua said in Matthew 22:36-40, He is saying the GREATEST commands are to love because all the other commands hang on the two commands to either love YHWH or love mankind. In other words, when we love YHWH and mankind perfectly, it will be by keeping the commandments. We won’t worship other gods, we won’t misuse His name, we will keep His 7th Day Set Apart, we will not lie, we won’t commit adultery, we won’t steal, we won’t murder, we won’t covet, and so on. All of these things are part of loving perfectly, they demonstrate love through our actions.
On the other hand, that also means everything we do that is not love, is sin. So ultimately, just like in Matthew 5, where Yeshua points to the mind and heart that sins – in telling us to love, He is making it even more obvious how difficult it is to follow His instructions. Loving is not instead of OR easier than keeping the 10 commandments, if you truly understand what love is.