My daughter once said to me that she loved me to death - It got me thinking thats exactly how much God loves us. God want to love us until death - a pruning that produces death to everything that hinders us and holds us back. He wants to love us until there is death to our sin, our sickness, our insecurities, our fear. This will in turn cause us to love God and others. However, the paradox will be the more we love God, the more we will love people, the more we will be persecuted, and even hated for it.