What is love, you ask?
Love is the laying down. the laying down of rights, the laying down of pride and the "better than" attitude. it is the laying down of ownership and possession, the laying down of personal space and entitlement.
Love is the laying down of life.
and doesn't this simple definition clarify it all?
it is the way in which God has demonstrated his love for us. it is the way in which we respond to that and demonstrate our love for Him--the giving up our lives. it is also the way in which we then express life-pouring-out love to others.
to give of entitlement, to give of resources. to lay down your rights and preferences.
to lay down your life.