Let's face it, we humans really don't want God to love us that much. It's simply too demanding. Obedience is one thing, but this sort of love clearly calls for more than keeping commandments. It calls for nothing less than total self-donation. That might not be a difficult job for the three infinite Persons of the Trinity, but for creatures like us, such love is a summons to martyrdom. This invitation requires much more suffering and self-denial than simply giving up chocolate for Lent. It demands nothing less than a constant dying to self.
~Scott Hahn, from "A Father Who Keeps His Promises" (1998 Servant)
**Wow! If you want an amazing book that explores God's Covenantal Love throughout Scripture, this is it! DST