33 And again, I remember that thou hast said that thou hast loved the world, even unto the laying down of thy life for the world, that thou mightest take it again to prepare a place for the children of men.
34 And now I know that this love which thou hast had for the children of men is charity; wherefore, except men shall have charity they cannot inherit that place which thou hast prepared in the mansions of thy Father.
Even though the two verses above describe the ultimate manifestation of the love of God–the Atonement–the description also sheds light on the way love operates in our daily lives.
Love is always accompanied by some degree of sacrifice. We are willing to give something up, to pay some price, or to endure some suffering in order for the person we love to receive a blessing. It is similar to deferred gratification, in that we are willing to pay a price today with no immediate reward. The difference is that the beneficiary of our sacrifice is not our future selves but rather a different person. But the self-discipline we must exercise is the same.
Today, I will remember that the sacrifices I am willing to make for others are the manifestation of my love for them. Just as the Savior was willing to lay down His life for us, I will discipline myself today to give some things up on behalf of the people I love.