That said, for the sake of comprehensiveness, you are right that God told Abraham to sacrifice his son. However, if you go back a few chapters, you also have evidence of God keeping his promise to Abraham that he would give birth to a child (this while his wife was barren and elderly - a double-whammy against the physical possibility of childbirth). God then gives Abraham another promise - that Isaac (the son he is to sacrifice) will grow up to be the one whom God counts Abraham's descendants. This promise was given after God had already kept his promise about Sarah's childbirth, so Abraham knew God would keep his word. So when Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son, Abraham had no worries in doing so. He wasn't afraid of losing Isaac because he knew God would keep his promise to make Isaac into a great nation. God had essentially given Isaac a DPG (Divine Protection Guarantee, my own invention that term is).
So Abraham was not afraid of losing his son, Abraham knew Isaac was safe. So in this sense, I am uncertain how this example proved your principle that "love is not supposed to hurt". But, as I've said, you still haven't explained the principle clearly, since I can think of several times where love can and does hurt.
~ Regards, PA
Edited by Paranoid Android, 22 February 2013 - 06:18 AM.