“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends…I have called you friends.”1
No one lays down his life for a friend with dispassionate ease. No one dies willingly for another bereft of feeling.
For that to happen, for the ultimate sacrifice to be intentionally taken up, there is first a great emotion. An attachment has occurred, where one soul has found belonging and connection with another. One heart has placed a profound value on another’s heart, and powerful emotions emanate like pain from a wound.
Love is the wound, and willing sacrifice is the balm. It is the only balm which soothes the pain of Love, and it is with great passion that one dives into death for his friend.
A furious, Divine Love. There is none greater.
1 John 15:13 and 15b