The apostle John tells us that "God is love." (1 John 4:8) In the next breath he tells us that this love of God's was manifested---shown, revealed, made clear---by His sending His only Son into the world to be the propitiation (an atoning sacrifice) for our sins. So God's love is revealed to us through death, the death of Christ. Love is death and Christ tells us to follow His example.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Christian martyred by the Nazis) said, "When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die." So our returning love to God is our call to death. I think we get told way too much how to live the Christian life. The longer I walk with God the more I am realizing I need to know more how to die. A dead person does not feel pain, thinks no independent thoughts, has no expectations or ambitions. They're dead. Certainly our bodies are to be presented as "living sacrifices" (Romans 12:1) But how to die when we are alive is an ongoing challenge. We are presented with opportunities to love through death daily. Do I embrace those? Or even recognize them?
Christ humbled Himself and became obedient unto death. (Phil. 2:8) He thought others better than himself, He did nothing through selfish ambition or conceit, He put the interest of others ahead of Himself; He suffered mistreatment, being misunderstood, being falsely accused, and torture----all for me, to show love for me. We love God because He first loved us. This means we are called to die. Goes against all the modern thinking and culture--to look for ways to die.