What does the Bible say on the topic of love? How should we love God? How should we show real love to others?
The Bible has much to say about love. As I studied these verses, I noticed a 5 principles are repeated in God’s Word about love.
First, according to the New Testament the new commandment is to love God first. Anytime we put someone or something before God we are sinning. God should be our first love.
Second, the best way to show the love of Christ to others is by treating them with the same respect we would show ourselves. Don’t forget to show love to your enemies.
Third, love covers sins and mistakes. In John 3:16, God loved us and sent Jesus so we could be forgiven. I Peter 4:8 love forgives wrongs done to us.
Fourth, love is enduring. It’s not a feeling we change from hour to hour or day to day.
Fifth, love is a choice. Love makes sacrifices for the one loved.
Here are some of my favorite Bible verses on love.
- 24 Inspiring Bible verses on love
- I Corinthians 13:4-7 What is love?
- I John 4:18 No fear in love
- I John 4:13 God is love
- I Corinthians 13:1 Tongues of Men
- John 15:13 – Christ’s Love
- Proverbs 17:17 A Friend’s Love
- I Peter 4:8 – Love doesn’t keep a record of wrongs
- Galatians 5:22-23 Fruit of the Spirit
- Mark 12:30-31 The Greatest Commandment
- Ephesians 4:2-3 Love brings a bond of peace
- Romans 8:38-39 Nothing can separate us from the love of God
- Jeremiah 31:3 Loved with an everlasting love
- I Corinthians 13:13 – The Greatest of these is Love
- Song of Solomon 3:4 Unfailing love
- I John 4:8 – Love God by Loving Others
- II Timothy 1:7 No fear
- Genesis 29:20 True Love
- Jude 1:2 – Mercy, peace and love
- I John 5:3 – How do we love God?
- Matthew 5:44 – Love your enemy
- John 3:16 – God’s great love for us
- Psalm 103:8 – Showing God’s love
- I John 3:18 – Love in Action
- Galatians 5:14 – Fulfilling the law with love
24 Inspiring Bible verses on love
Love is patient and is kind. Love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, 5 doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; 6 doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
I John 4:18 No fear in love
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has punishment. He who fears is not made perfect in love.
We know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and he who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him.
I Corinthians 13:1 Tongues of Men
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
Proverbs 17:17 A Friend’s Love
A friend loves at all times; and a brother is born for adversity.
And above all things be earnest in your love among yourselves, for love covers a multitude of sins.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. 31 The second is like this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.
Ephesians 4:2-3 Love brings a bond of peace
With all lowliness and humility, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Jeremiah 31:3 Loved with an everlasting love
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying , Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
But now faith, hope, and love remain—these three. The greatest of these is love.
Song of Solomon 3:4 Unfailing love
I had scarcely passed from them, when I found him whom my soul loves. I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother’s house, into the room of her who conceived me.
He who doesn’t love doesn’t know God, for God is love.
II Timothy 1:7 No fear
For God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control.
Jacob served seven years for Rachel. They seemed to him but a few days, for the love he had for her.
May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.
For this is loving God, that we keep his commandments. His commandments are not grievous.
But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only born Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
My little children, let’s not love in word only, or with the tongue only, but in deed and truth.
For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
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