Loving the Law
Take a look at Psalm 119. It’s long, so maybe just skim through it.
You’ll see constant references to David proclaiming his undying love for the the Law. Sure, we could unwind that, abstract it to include the whole Bible. However, at the time David wrote that his Bible was much smaller. In a literal sense, it was mostly about the Pentateuch, though obviously including the extant prophetic and historical writings.
If you don’t understand that fondness for God’s Laws, you don’t understand revelation. From a Hebrew mystical approach, the Laws breathe the very character of God. David speaks of them as a living entity, something which walked around with him because he welcomed them into his life. They were his friend and confidant, his best and brightest adviser. They were closer to him than his own skin, because they were the written gateway to the Spirit Realm.
Jesus felt that way about them, too.
When Paul and his ilk warn you the Law cannot save you, the context should clearly indicate he’s referring to a particular attitude about the Law of Moses. That attitude is summed up in the Talmud. If that’s how you know the Law, you don’t know the Law. And you surely don’t know the God who gave the Law. Nobody is suggesting you embrace Judaism, nor even the more ancient Old Testament religion. Circumcision of the flesh means nothing; it’s the circumcision of the heart — remember that? When Paul wrote that, the “Bible” was our Old Testament. That’s the Scripture given by God to correct and enlighten every human heart. And what Paul found in that Old Testament, as Jesus did, was the foundation of the gospel message. Repent according to the Law, but see through the provisions of the Law to God’s real intent for the human heart.
If you truly care about God and His concerns, you can’t fail Him, even though your flesh utterly fails to perform at every turn. He knows the flesh is fallen; it’s why He gave His Laws. He has always wanted the same thing: “Love the Lord Your God with all your heart and all your soul.” And because you know what matters to Him, you are able to “love your neighbor as yourself.”
If you don’t love His Laws, you can’t claim to be His.