I absolutely agree love is important, in fact love is the essence of Christian faith.
But if we do not have common understanding of what love is, the church remains fragmented.
Would all of these divisions really exist if we all had common understanding of 1 Corinthians 13 and Galatians 5:22–23? etc.
The word says we are to arrive at unity of the faith, to the measure of stature of love of Jesus Christ. How is this possible if we cannot even agree on what it means to love each other?
Paul and Peter for instance never were entirely in agreement as to Paul’s ministry to Gentiles. Peter, however, recognized the anointing of the Holy Spirit on Paul and in light of his own experience with Cornelius had to extend a warm hand of fellowship to Paul. In light of all of the evidence, Peter put aside his personal opinions or misgivings and loved Paul as a brother. I do not know that we still have such brotherhood in church circles today.
If all of the disagreements over theology are eating at our love we have a serious problem.
I in fact have written an exposition on importance of love, an over 300 page book titled In Jesus Name. The book is available for sale on Amazon.com and through an Amazon affiliate, Createspace.com. I have free excerpts available as well. I would appreciate it if you would check out the free excerpts and hope you enjoy that enough to purchase a copy of my book.
December of this year will mark two years since I made the decision to opt out of church services. I attend if invited or visiting with extended family only. There perhaps really is a movement out of organized church as more and more people opt out of church services. But if all of us opting out remain as fragmented as the organized churches in understanding or practice of love, our individual witness will lack the swell of numbers it potentially will have at its disposal.
I am not attempting to say I am the only person speaking up on this issue. I dare say, however, you are the first other person I have connected with on social media.