Do you wonder… What does God say about showing love? Well, the Bible has a lot to say about love. In fact, there are over 500 verses about love in the Bible. In this short devotional, we’ll read many of them in these Heartfelt Bible Verses about Love and find out exactly what God says about His love for us and how we should love others.
So, let’s get started!
What is love?
Love makes us who we are, it defines us as people. We all want to be loved and to give love back.
We love our family, our friends, and even our pets. And they love us in return.
No matter what, we always return to the ones who love and accept us for who we are. In that sense, love brings us together when everything else tries to tear us apart.
This kind of love is a wonderful thing to have! But the kind of love I’d like to share with you today is Biblical love.
At the very core of Christianity is love. It is the foundation of our faith in Jesus. Love defines who we are in Christ and brings us together as believers.
Because without love there wouldn’t be a pathway to salvation or even a reason to believe.
But praise Jesus! We are loved by God and fully accepted by Him! And most importantly, no matter what may happen, we can always return to God because of love.
What is Biblical love?
Biblical love starts with God, Himself. He is the very definition of love! And His characteristics are a picture of what true love is.
In these scriptures, we’ll discover how God is our soulmate, and how the different kinds of Biblical love impact our lives every day.
And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
1 John 4:8
These Bible verses show us the hallmarks of Christian love. And it’s true God is each of these things listed below. Because as we just learned, God is love.
But these scriptures also give us a way to recognize true love when we see it. They are the benchmarks we should measure love by.
So, as we read each verse, we can ask ourselves… Is this how I feel? Is this how I am treated, or how I treat others?
All good things to consider when we look at what Christian love is all about.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
What is God’s love? These scriptures paint a beautiful picture of our Heavenly Father and the true love He has for each one of us.
So, let’s rejoice and be glad because God loves us! And He showed His love by sending His Son to this earth to save us. And by doing so, God made a way for us to spend eternity in heaven with Him.
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 4:9-10
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!
1 John 3:1
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.
But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them
The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
Jesus Loves You
Just as God the Father loves us, so does the Son.
Jesus gave up His rightful place in heaven, willingly came to earth and freely died in our place. And because Jesus has risen from the grave, we can claim this sacrifice of His love as our own and have eternal salvation in Him.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
Love the Lord your God
God has commanded us to love Him.
I know, no one us likes to be commanded to do anything.
But this command is a little different. Because when we follow it, God’s blessing is on us and we receive so much more than we could ever imagine!
So, let’s read these scriptures on love and proclaim, I love you Lord!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
But take careful heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
Bible Verses about Loving Others
We all need the love of Jesus. So, if we are truly His followers, then it makes perfect sense that we should show the love of Jesus to everyone around us.
And as these next Bible verses about love attest to, Jesus has given us a new commandment to do just that.
And if we love Jesus, we will obey Him and show an unsaved world His unconditional love.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
If you love Me, keep My commandments.
Beloved let us love one another, for love is of God.
1 John 4:7
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
1 John 4:11
And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
1 Peter 4:8
And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.
with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
We love Him because He first loved us.
1 John 4:19
Love in the Psalms
The Psalms are full of beautiful words of love and encouragement. Each of the following Bible Verses from Psalms offer us strength for the hard times. And celebrate the happiness we find in knowing God personally. I pray they will inspire and encourage your relationship with the Lord.
Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
I love you, Lord, my strength.
The earth is filled with your love, Lord;
teach me your decrees.
I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For in You do I trust;
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,
For I lift up my soul to You.
We have barely scratched the surface of the many scriptures on love in the Bible.
But I pray these Heartfelt Bible Verses about Love have helped you see the love of Jesus in your life. And help you show His love to everyone you meet.
God’s love is the greatest gift we could ever receive. And the greatest gift we could give to so many around us.
May your faith be strengthened by His love today and always!
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