God ordained civil law, and we should obey it (1 Peter 2:13). God also has given us moral law, written in the hearts of every man, which teaches us right from wrong and protects the property and freedom of every individual. But after the moral law comes a higher law: the royal law of love.
If I fulfill the royal law of love-"Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself"-then anything that I want for myself, I will do for my wife, because she is my first neighbor. I will love her as I love myself, and she will love me as she loves herself. The royal law of love also applies to children as they are reared up under the stewardship of grace.
Jesus manifested this love by taking all of our sins, all of our perversions, and all of our guilt upon Himself on the cross at Calvary. This was the royal law of love in action.
It is one thing for me to receive this love, but what a magnificent thing it is when I become the revelation of perfect love to others as a living epistle (2 Corinthians 3:3). Pharisaism, legalism, criticism, slander, gossip, and guilt can be completely erased when I begin to reveal the Son of God in His true nature of grace, of love, and of mercy.