The root of sin runs clear through our being. It destroys our identity and purpose. We were designed to be in a loving relationship with our creator. Jesus came across a fig tree once in Mark 11:12-14 and when He discovered it was a liar not bearing fruit when it had leaves declaring it would, Jesus attacked the roots. He's done no less for us. Yet a chastisement of law is very harsh. All of us have felt the string of the law's righteous demands and our failure to meet it.
When I was a small child this root took on a humorous display. My little sister and I shared a room. We would giggle and be silly. Mom would open our door, chastise us with the law of silence and then tell us she didn't want to hear another "peep" out of us. Within 20 seconds of the door being shut we would start a chorus of ”peep, peep, peep" and then laughter, I later discovered sound traveled through the vents in a house. Our little hearts already wanted to be a law into themselves.
As I've grown older I'm discovering a truth God make clear. The law behind the law is to love God with all your might and your neighbors as yourself. Love has the effectual power to chastise where the law falls short. When love truly reaches you love reciprocates out of you. The law is not lost as to its demands here, it is just love performs it willingly, hoping to bless the other with true love. Loving God after receiving His love sets our being in proper order. The fruitless life of a bad root system and its lies dies and a new creation which was our original design has us being lovers. A righteous union of marriage, where the harsh law finds grace. The resilience to trust love will yield a power to perform it and the courage to refuse the counterfeit.