Harder than death.
And I cannot fathom how hard it must have been for our Lord to sacrifice his life for we sinners. How deep His love must be for us. Every day people knowingly turn their backs on Him, knowingly reject His love, His will, His desire to bring them to completeness.
No wonder Jesus wept when he stood and looked at Jerusalem as he made his way to his own Crucifixion. Others may not love us but Jesus does.
"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." John 15:12
NOTICE... it is not love as others love us-- but as Jesus loved us. We are bound by our love for Christ... and He will fill the gaps that others leave open by their lack of concern or interest in us. Keep loving, dear friends. Just as Jesus loved us.