following jesus to new york
When I go to New York City, I do not have to think about not going to London or Atlanta. People do not meet me at the airport or station and exclaim over what a great thing I did in not going somewhere else. I took the steps to go to NYC, and that took care of everything.
On the other hand, not going to London or Atlanta is a poor plan for going to New York. And not being wrongly angry and so on is a poor plan for treating people with love.
"He that loves has fulfilled the law," Paul said. "Really."
Dallas Willard, in The Divine Conspiracy, on how Jesus' 'Discourse on the Hillside' is a sermon on how people in the kingdom Live, not rules on how they shouldn't.