A heart filled to the brim with love is the foundation of morality
Morality is the Byproduct of our Prepartion to do Battle with Evil and our Prepartion to receive the Gift of Paradise
The heart is the engine that produces our behavior. Behavior is the fruit of the heart . The heart sits on a precipice that marks the limit of our ability to control behavior. We can approach the precipice but can go no farther. When we try to go beyond the heart to work directly on behavior, we fall off the precipice and into the sea like Gadarene swine . Our behavior can only be ruled indirectly through the heart . A heart empty of love produces different behavior than a heart filled with love .
To rule our behavior, fill our empty hearts with love .
The pathway for the transformation of godless people into people of God runs from the inside out not from the outside in (Matthew 15:19) (Luke 17:20-21). “I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezekial 36:26). The project of God is to fill our hearts to the brim with love.
Better to treat the pathology that produces our symptoms than just the symptoms themselves. Take care of the causes in order to cure the effects.
Trying to impose from the outside in a straight jacket of rules, regulations, red tape and rigmarole does not work. What works is inflating deflated hearts with love. Love bears fruit some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty (Matthew 13:23).
Religion works from the inside out. Politics works from the outside in. God does religion not politics. Many, however, do politics instead of religion mainly because religion is a heavier lift than politics and we rather do the easier job rather than the harder job.