Thank you for saying:
"When I say "you" I use it as a general term and am not singling you out. Just for clarification. :-) I hope you do not read anger or malice into these posts."
I know it is difficult writing. Voice inflections are not heard and we are trying so hard to get what is in our mind down in words. I appreciate the opportunity to speak back and forth with you.
You said: "How can you love your neighbor as yourself yet kill him, steal from him, covet his things, adulterise with his wife or lie about him? In like manner how can you love Yahweh with all your heart, all you soul and all your mind yet set pagan worship before Him, make His Name naught, make images of what you think He, or His Son, looks like or forsake "HIS" Sabbath in preference for the day of sun worship. "
That is the whole point of love. When one loves people and God one will not kill or steal or covet or take his wife or bear false witness. All of those things when sifted thru love will not be practiced.
That is why scripture says love fulfills the law:
Romans 13:10 KJV
Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Galatians 5:14 KJV
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
James 2:8 KJV
If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
See the last verse. The royal law according to scripture is to love thy neighbour. It is not enough just NOT to DO things TO your neighbor. One is to LOVE their neighbour which is a POSITIVE force.
James 2:8 in context”
8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill . Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak ye , and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. 14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled ; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
The positive force of love is the force mercy that takes care of my brother when I see him in need. It is not just that I do my neighbor no harm, it is that I exercise care for someone in need.
As far as sin and repenting of sin the New Testament, the New Covenant, declares the works of the flesh:
Galatians 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Galatians 4:31-5:1 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bond woman, but of the free. 1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free , and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
The yoke of bondage is represented by the bond woman which is the law under which we are not to be under bondage but rather we are to fulfill the law with pro-active love.
Paul was having to deal with this very issue of being under the law:
Galatians 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth , crucified among you? 2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
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