But love is the foundation of Christ’s creed. The world had known love before; parents had loved children and children, parents; husband had love wife, and wife, husband; and friend had loved friend; but Jesus gave a new definition of love. His love was as boundless as the sea; its limits were so far-flung that even an enemy could not travel beyond it. Other teachers sought to regulate the lives of their followers by rule and formula, but Christ’s plan was first to purify the heart and then to leave love to direct the footsteps.
~ William Jennings Bryan, The Prince of Peace