What Does The Bible Say About Love

by Sister McCook

Every human being wants to be loved from the time he takes his first breath to the very end of his life. Being loved is a great blessing. But it is very hard to find true love from a man without expecting anything in return.

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It will be more beneficial for us to understand the real meaning of love from the view of the Holy Bible because it tells us about the unending love of Almighty God for undeserving mankind.

If we could understand the source of love and the blessings it brings we could be able to spread the sweet aroma of love to others who long for love.

God’s Love For Mankind

The core subject of the Holy Bible is ‘Love’. Heavenly Father with His eternal love for the dying souls sent His only begotten Son to the world as a sacrifice to save them from the hellfire.

The love of God for mankind was unconditional because we were not holy and deserve to be loved by God. It is called Agape’ love. It is the love that prevails without considering the circumstances around.

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The love of God is so wonderful as we sing with the children, ” God’s love is so wonderful”. Yes! His love finds no end (Ephesians 3:18).

Jesus the Son of God gave His life to save us from death when we were sinners and were His enemies betraying Him, breaking the covenant He had made with us by disobeying the laws He had given us (1 John 4:10).

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The definition of true love according to the Holy Bible is to love a person even when he is not deserving to be loved (Romans 5:8). God, Himself has kept an example of true love and called us to follow His example.

Love For The Enemies

If someone hurts us and work against us, we would be filled with anger and bitterness which in turn pushes us to take revenge against them. But the covenant of love that God has made with us teaches us to love our enemies too (Matthew 5:44).

It is not when they do it unintentionally, but when they work against our life with intention. This may seem odd and not possible and is very difficult to bring it to practice.

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Even if we try to forgive them it always reminds us of the hurt and loss we suffered because of their act.

If we remember the love of Christ for us in Calvary, the forgiveness we received and the Eternal life He is preparing for us, we could forgive them and love them as Christ did.

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Our Lord Jesus Christ lived the words that He taught to the people. Yes, He was able to forgive those who criticized and nailed Him on the cross.

Jesus laid back for us the foundation of love that brings people to Christ. If we could give back the unconditional love of Christ for those who give us hurt, we can win them for Christ (Romans 12:21).

Brotherly Love in Christ

We are all one body in Christ and we are called to support and strengthen each other with brotherly love in Christ (Hebrews 13:1; Hebrews 10:24,25).

When someone walks away from the path that God has kept us before, we are called to correct them with brotherly love in Christ and get them back to Christ (James 5:19,20; 1 Peter 4:8).

Wooden pieces spelled love

When we have the love of Christ for other people, we cannot sit quietly inside. The love of Christ will stir us to bring people who run towards hell back to Christ’s love.

Love of a Father and Mother

The people who love a person unconditionally are his parents. The love of God is compared to that of a father. A father carries his son and cares for him and his future (Deuteronomy 1:31).

A mother cares and nurtures her children even though she has to face lots of trouble bringing up her children (Isaiah 66:13).

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A loving father corrects his son when he does not obey his words. Similarly, our God corrects us when we go astray from His path (Proverbs 3:12). This may seem tough and hard. But it brings great fruits in the future.

Even a father and a mother may forget their children. But each of us is special in the eyes of God and He holds our future in His hands. Thus the love of God never fails us and has no limit (Isaiah 49:15,16; Psalm 27:10).

Love in a Marital Relationship

The most intimate relationship in the world is in marriage. When a married couple builds up their life upon love and trust, it will stay strong and there will be no one to separate them.

The Bible says that the husband needs to love his wife and give his life to bring up godly children as Christ loved His people, the eternal bride and gave Himself for its salvation (Ephesians 5:25-28; Malachi 2:15).

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A loving husband provides for his family and finances. When a wife loves her husband and wants to make him happy, she will be doing everything according to her husband’s wish (Ephesians 5:24).

If a wife finds something wrong in her husband’s decision, she can give good counsel with love. If she lives a godly life without quarrelling, she could win the heart of her husband with her love because everyone longs for love (1 Peter 3:1,2).

Qualities of True Love

In 1 Corinthians13, Paul tells us about the qualities of real love. Our spiritual gifts and wonders that God works through us are not the measures of our godliness in the kingdom of God.

The money we spend on charity won’t be the measure of our love. Rather the loving and compassionate heart for the people who are in need to help and support them will be added up in the treasures of heaven for us even though we could not afford to help them (2 Corinthians 8:12; Mark 12: 43,44).

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True love accepts and bears every suffering for their loved one. Even if there is need to suffer loss for love, true love accepts it cheerfully as Jesus gave His own life for us willfully, we ought to love Him back and love others as He loved us.

How Should We Love According to The Bible?

Firstly, we are called to love God with all of our heart (Deuteronomy 6:5). Giving first preference in everything we do and doing everything for His glory is the expression of our love for God. Only God can fill our longing for love and affection.

God communicates with us when we meditate His word. And we can call upon Him through prayers. When we love God with all of our heart, then no tribulation nor any suffering will separate us from the love of God (Romans 8: 35-39).

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Secondly, we need to love others as we love ourselves (Mark 12:31). Loving others as ourselves is considering the pain of other people as ours. Before judging and criticizing others, we should step in their shoes and think of the judgement we do (Matthew 7:1,12; John 8:7). So we won’t be judgmental rather we will be able to love others as ourselves.

Thus, when we love God and people around us, then we are fulfilling the law of God according to the covenant of love that Jesus has made with mankind (Mark 12:30,31).

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Finally, love is a fruit of the spirit. If we learn to view and love others as God does, then we will possess all the other fruit of Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23). When there is love for others, then there will be no space for the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21) and we will be the conquerors, and the plans of the devil will be destroyed.

Bible Verses About Love

The following are some of the passages that talks about love in the Bible.

1. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  — John 3:16
2. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  — John 14:15
3. “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.  — Matthew 6:24
4. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”  — Matthew 22:36-40
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  — John 15:12
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.  — John 15:12-13
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? …  — Matthew 5:43-48
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.  — Proverbs 17:17
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  — John 13:34 
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  — 
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.  — 1 Peter 4:8
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  — Colossians 3:14
And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.  — Luke 6:31
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  — Matthew 22:37-39
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.  — Romans 5:5
And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  — 1 Corinthians 13:2
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.  — Romans 8:28
And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.  — 1 Thessalonians 5:14
And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.  — 1 Corinthians 5:2 
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  — Mark 12:30
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.  — 1 John 4:8 
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.  — Ephesians 4:32
Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.  — Isaiah 43:4
Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.  — Psalm 63:3
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  — 1 John 4:11
Beloved, jlet us love one another, for love is from God, and kwhoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 lAnyone who does not love does not know God, because mGod is love.  — 1 John 4:7–8
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.  — 1 John 4:7
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.  — 1 John 4:7-8
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it.  — Proverbs 15:17 
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  — Romans 5:8
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—  — Ephesians 2:4-5
But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.  — Matthew 5:22 
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.  — Luke 6:35
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  — Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  — Galatians 5:22-23
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.  — Psalm 86:15
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  — John 13:35
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.  — 1 John 3:16
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth  — 1 John 3:16-18
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.  — John 3:17
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died;  — 2 Corinthians 5:14
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.  — 1 John 5:3
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  — Galatians 5:13
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends  — John 15:13
Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses  — Proverbs 10:12
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,  — 1 Peter 1:22
How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your oils than any spice!  — Song of Solomon 4:10
However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.  — Ephesians 5:33
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.  — 1 Peter 5:6-7
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,  — Ephesians 5:25
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  — Galatians 2:20
If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.  — 1 John 4:20
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  — 1 Corinthians 13:1
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; …  — 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
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.  — John 15:10 
In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  — 1 John 4:10
In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  — 1 John 4:9-10
Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.  — John 14:23
Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”  — Mark 12:29-31
Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,  — Deuteronomy 7:9
Let all that you do be done in love.  — 1 Corinthians 16:14
Let brotherly love continue.  — Hebrews 13:1
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine;  — Song of Solomon 1:2 
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.  — Romans 12:9
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.  — Psalm 143:8
Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.  — 1 Corinthians 10:24
Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.  — Proverbs 3:3-4
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.  — 1 John 3:18
Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.  — Romans 13:10 
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant  — 1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;  — 1 Corinthians 13:4-5
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  — 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.  — 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.  — 1 Corinthians 13:8
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.  — Romans 12:10
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised.  — Song of Solomon 8:7
My beloved is mine, and I am his; he grazes among the lilies.  — Song of Solomon 2:16
My Father, rwho has given them to me,1 sis greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of tthe Father’s hand.  — John 10:29
No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.  — 1 John 4:12
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  — Romans 8:37-39
Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. …  — John 3:1-36 
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.  — Romans 13:8
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.  — Romans 13:8-10
Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— …  — 1 Corinthians 1:1-31
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.  — 1 John 3:1
Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord.  — Song of Solomon 8:6
Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised.  — Song of Solomon 8:6-7
So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.  — Genesis 29:20
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.  — 1 Corinthians 13:13
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.  — 1 John 4:16
The Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.  — Jeremiah 31:3 
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.  — Zephaniah 3:17
The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”  — Mark 12:31
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.  — 1 John 4:18
Three things are too wonderful for me; four I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a serpent on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a virgin.  — Proverbs 30:18-19
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, the servant of the Lord, who addressed the words of this song to the Lord on the day when the Lord rescued him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said: I love you, O Lord, my strength.  — Psalm 18:1 
We love because he first loved us.  — 1 John 4:19 
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  — Romans 8:35-39
Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.  — Proverbs 17:9
Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”  — John 14:21 
With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,  — Ephesians 4:2
With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  — Ephesians 4:2-3
You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.  — Leviticus 19:18 

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