(May 25, 2015)
The tension between the law and charity (or the law and Grace) is one that seems routinely misunderstood. On the one hand, so many people fetishize the law (as though we could save ourselves through obedience). On the other hand, so many people disregard the law (as though we could partake of Grace or develop love while living in disobedience).
The reality, of course, is that the law is dead but obedience to the law assists us in developing those aspects of character that allow us to more fully partake of the Atonement. Living the law increases our charity (if we do so with an eye single to His Glory), and Grace becomes available to us as we seek it to assist us in living the law.