So I like many others used to believe that being religious was about keeping the law
I now know that being religious is not about keeping the law but about loving others
Does that mean God does not care whether you keep the law?
Of course God cares. But when your love is perfected, you will automatically keep the law because your love is mature.
In the same way that grape juice turns into wine when it is aged.
On the other hand you could keep the law as well as Paul of Tarsus did before he converted to Christianity and still be full cruelty and hate.
God expects not only obedience to his law but also love for God and for your life and for your job and for your fellow human beings.
I’ve met plenty of people who pursue ethical living by following rules that end up full of hate and bitterness.
And I know people totally ignorant of theology, who keep the law well because they are full of compassion and love.
Your duty must be first to love and only second to follow the rules