Yes, love is a wonderful thing. In fact it basically sums up Jesus’s two commandments to us. Love God…Love Neighbor.
But it is only enough in the correct context. I think it’s too basic to simply say “let’s try love” alone. Look at the 1960’s. I think that was a* love alon*e failed experiment.
Let’s try Gods idea of love instead. but when we do, we have to introduce God. When we introduce God, we have to introduce truth. It’s here that things gets sticky.
The two great commandments to love are the summation of the law. Love is defined by God as obeying God. Where Churches fail to get along is in Church teachings leading us to love God and neighbor according to the commands of God.
INT 1JO 5:3****This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.INT JOH 14:15**“If you love me, you will obey what I command.”**
**NAB 2JO 1:5 **
But now, my Lady, I would make this request of you (not as if I were writing you some new commandment; rather, it is a commandment we have had from the start): let us love one another. This love involves our walking according to the commandments, and as you have heard from the beginning, the commandment is the way in which you should walk.NAB ROM 13 Love Fulfills the Law.
**He who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; you shall not murder; you shall not steal; you shall not covet,” and any other commandment **there may be are all summed up in this, saying (namely) “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love never wrongs the neighbor, hence love is the fulfillment of the law.
**INT JOH 14:23 **
Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me."
NAB JOH 15:22
“If I had not come to them and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; now, however, their sin cannot be excused. To hate me is to hate my Father. Had I not performed such works among them as no one has ever done before, they would not be guilty of sin; but as it is, they have seen, and they go on hating me and my Father.”
NAB DEU 5:9
“. . . you shall not have other gods besides me. You shall not bow down before them or worship them. For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God, inflicting punishments for their fathers’ wickedness on the children of those who hate me, down to the third and fourth generation but bestowing mercy, down to the thousandth generation, on the children of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
NAB EXO 20:5
“. . . you shall not bow down before them or worship them. For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God, inflicting punishment for their fathers’ wickedness on the children of those who hate me, down to the third and fourth generation; but bestowing mercy down to the thousandth generation, on the children of those who love me and keep my commandments.”