Love is ... handing your heart to someone and taking the risk that they will hand it back.(Rob Bell)
Love is ... giving away power. When we love, we give the other person power. They can do what they like with our love. We expose ourselves, we allow ourselves to be vulnerable.
Love is ... giving up control. If we are serious about loving someone we have to surrender all of our desires to manipulate the relationship.
God is love.
And Love desires relationship. He wants to ask you out on a first date.
But God cannot force you to say yes. He will not manipulate relationship.
In Jesus, Love 'made himself nothing'. He became vulnerable. He made the first move. It was an extremely daring way to ask you out. Exposed, with his heart on the line he took the risk of rejection.
And rejection hurt.
But occassionally a freely chosen 'yes' accepts the greatest proposal.
And joy explodes.