Justice and mercy have always been important to God as pertaining to Torah.
Wherewith shall I come before Yehovah, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will Yehovah be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth Yehovah require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
I find it strange that I subscribe to keeping Torah (not as a means of salvation but, because of salvation) and yet, I’m not concerned about “punishment” for “lawbreakers”. You claim “love” can and should be achieved without keeping Torah- just in doing what each of us feels is right for us, and you continue to want to argue points of the letter of law and think we should meet out “punishments” for not keeping the letter. At the judgment, each of us will be judged by God. We are to accept His sacrifice and love (keep Torah - love God / love neighbor) as He first loved us and comfort others with the comfort we have been given.
We are all along the path somewhere. You accept most of the 10 commandments which are a summation of Torah. Some say they follow the 2 greatest commandments, which are a summation of the 10 and, in turn, the Torah. Some just outright follow Torah - whether we know everything or not. To say we need not “love” “literally” because we don’t have to keep the law is a futile argument. It’s like saying we can be children of the devil and call ourselves followers of Messiah. We may be able to fool ourselves and other christians that do the same but, the neighbor we steal from knows we’re a fake. They know when we “sin” according to Torah against them or someone else, that we do not bear the true image of God. Torah is a funny thing. We can say it’s “void” all we want but, as soon as someone wrongs us - we know it. It’s written on our hearts and minds. It’s easy to say we’re ok, we didn’t do anything wrong, we’re not under the law but, as soon as someone else steps over the line and wrongs us . . .
We can claim all the theological arguments we want but, our unbelieving neighbor knows when we wrong them to.
We are not “under the law” for salvation. We uphold the law because it is good, just and holy and if we have the Spirit of the Torah giver, then we do what is good, just and holy. We are all at different places of understanding and being sanctified but, we should “be holy because He is holy”.