I had made a bulliten on myspace over the summer about the topic of love, but I can not seem to find it. If I do I will edit this post.
This is an addition to that though. I was meditating on what exactly love is and in the summer I had decided it was primarily about sacrifice and I would like to add that its a sacrifice, not because we will do actions for the one(s) we love, rather it is a sacrifice because we willingly open our hearts and make ourselves vunerable to the ones we love. Its a risky situation. The more one is willingly to place themselves in that risk, the more they care about the other. This applies to all love, romantic, platonic, and divine love. Christ is the definition of Love in that he opened Himself up to us so much that he was willingly to suffer the ultimate rejection just to better us. Likewise we are willingly to suffer rejection, whether from a romantic interest, or a friend when we make ourselves vunerable to them. We have no need of course to fear rejection from God, but even with God we can feel hurt from our love because often times God does not always give us easy choices, or easy situations in life. By opening to God, we make ourselves more vunerable to these "dry" times or "Crosses" that we must bear in life, but ultimately we know that God always loves us and wills nothing but the best for us.