I think we all misunderstand love...I spoke about love this last Friday at a youth event. I was talking about how great God's love is for us. How he loves us even though he knows all the crap that is in our lives. Do we truly get how much he loves us? Can we ever understand that?
I don't think I could ever be like know, die for someone who hates me or is actively doing things against me. If I can't be like that, can I really understand the love that he has for me? But, I really think that if we actually do understand his love for us, it will revolutionize the way that we live our life, the way that we experience life, and the way that we view life. Until we do understand God's love (and I do think that it is possible to), and allow ourselves to experience God's love, we can not live life to the full, neither can we love other people in the way that we should.
Romans 5:8 (New International Version)
8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.