But, you do bring up the point of "God given commandment", in your words. How does one discover that a commandment is "God given"? By love?
Uhmmmmm Yes. If you are using LOVE as the channel or conduit to discover God's commandments, like what I would interpret as the job of the Light of Christ, then difinately yes. Go reread Moroni Chapter 7. But just as the sun eminates light in every conceivable wave length, so Christ eminates His light, and in that light is all Godly attributes and LOVE is an attribute of God. Once a person taps into Christ's light he/she can feel and be influenced by it, and live in it. We have been taught that if we have that light in us then our views become greater. If we have love in our hearts then we can see a greater need for it and a bigger need to be it. The two great commandments: Love God with all your heart, might, mind and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself properly cover all other commandments. They are commandments of/to love.
Commandment are definately important to keep but I don't focus too much on "KEEPING THE COMMANDMENTS!" We all have the scriptures and they are the tenants of our faith. If we study the scriptures they will fill our hearts with a desire to come to Christ. Praying in faith and humble sincerity opens up the channel even more. With the Light of Christ in us we naturally feel a desire to eminate out to other people as well. I find it easier to love if I live in the Light of Christ and I also realize all too often how little I love. Because of the Light of Christ my views have been broadened and I constantly find new ways to love.
I say that I don't focus too much on keeping the commandments because it's not about keeping a tally. It's not fearing that I am going to break one. An all patient God doesn't care. He knows I'm going to do it and as long as I have a constantly repentant heart and I recommit then I will be OK. He says, "Commit to something. Anything. If you want to do better at reading the scriptures (just an example. It could be anything you know you should be doing better at,) and you don't do it very well, commit to reading one verse tonight. Do it. Commit to it and then something else tomorrow. If you fall down, dust yourself off and recommit. I love you and am perfectly patient with your weakness." I have a testimony of the power of commitment, any commitment no matter how small. Once we can do the small ones we can upgrade to some that are a little larger.
If I live in God's love, my desire is to do whatever pleases God. I suck at it but I try, and the trying is what pleases God. God then sheds in a small degree His love. Experiencing God's love is like an addictive drug. Once you've had it you want more, then more and more and more, and like the drug addict you do whatever is required to get the next fix.
There is no competition between Love and Perfection. You gain perfection by learning to love. By being able to give yourself, and more of yourself you show love. Christ was the perfect example. He loved His Father, did everything His Father told Him to do because of His love for His Father. Christ's only goal was to glorify His Father, and He did it by loving us. Thus Christ kept both of the commandments; to love God, and to love others. In glorifying His Father Christ did nothing self serving. He eminated everything He was and gave it away, to US.
Should we not strive for the same thing? Too many of us are black holes, constantly sucking and never giving. "He that seeketh his life shall lose it, but he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it." In the Light of Christ and by His power we can learn to give enough.