What Bible says about love?

How is love described in the Bible? What do you about the love God commanded us to have for each other and He has for us, His creation? Let’s learn more about it here.

Bible verses about love between man and woman

Love is a complicated notion. I personally believe that love is not merely a feeling young (or grown up) people have when they “fall in love.” From what the Bible tells us it is not something you can fall into; it is a decision you make towards another person.

When the Bible talks about love, there are several ways what this love means and towards whom it is directed. First of all, Bible can speak about the everlasting love of God towards people. Then it can also mean the love between a man and a woman as well as children’s love for parents. And love in a broad meaning as love for others. 

Let’s start with love God has for people He created.

God’s love for us

First of all, the whole idea of love is coming from God. He was the one who invented it and gave it the sense we understand now. God loves His creation enormously. However, after the first people, Adam and Eve sinned, we no longer have the same access to God’s love, as sin separates us from Him. God is holy, and no sin can be around Him. That is why a man was in trouble which was eternal separation from Him and death (both physical and spiritual).

However, God promised that the price could be paid for one’s salvation. The price is the death of a flawless Son of Gd who voluntarily went to the cross and died in an embarrassing way only criminals were given to. Even though he never committed any sin, as He was perfect, He chose to die for us and pay the price. The only thing left for people to do to either accept this gift God promises us – the eternal life with Him by the price of His Son’s death – or die and pay the price by suffering in the hell forever. This is only fair.

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Considering that we did not deserve this death, as we are sinful and choose to sin often, the price Jesus Christ paid for us is tremendous. This love serves as an example we should follow and a reminder of what grace actually means. Here are a few verses that show how big God’s love toward us is:

“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)

“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)

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

“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)

“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)

“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)

“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)

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Our love for God

God loved us first. His love was unbelievable and is still way beyond anything a human being can imagine. Based on His proactive love to us, God stated that He wants us to love Him. He knows that we are weak, and not able to focus that we fail and hurt others. However, this was His commandment, and He promised to give us strength and encourage us in our effort to love Him.

In fact, loving God is not something we can do without Him helping us. This is the first commandment that tells us to love Him genuinely with everything we have or will ever own. Here are the verses where God tells us about His expectations about how we are to love Him in return. Remember that to love Him this way, we need His help. And He will give it us gladly of we ask for it.

“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)

“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)

“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 you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)

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Our love for our neighbors

This topic is huge in the Bible. God left us with an example to follow. Loving friends is not an easy task. However, with God helping us here, everything is possible. The truth is that Christians are supposed to be known for the love they have for each other and those around them. Jesus Christ was loving and caring. He always tried to help people in their misery and diseases. He was kind-hearted, and He sill is. That is why His children, that are Christians, have to love each other. Here are the verses that make it clear for us how God expects us to love and treat our neighbors.

“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)

“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)

“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)

“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 the good and sends rain on the just and 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)

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“Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Romans 13:10)

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

“Let brotherly love continue.” (Hebrews 13:1)

“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)

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)

“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 truth.” (1 John 3:16-18)

Bible verses about children's love for parents

Love between a man and a woman

The Bible also talks about love between a man and a woman. One of the examples is the book called “the Song of Solomon.” In it, a man and a woman talk to each other. They are madly in love with each other at all stages – as a groom and a bride, and then as a husband and a wife.

Here is how the Bible described their love for each other:

“The Song of Songs, which is Solomon's. Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine; your anointing oils are fragrant; your name is oil poured out; therefore virgins love you. Draw me after you; let us run. The king has brought me into his chambers. We will exult and rejoice in you; we will extol your love more than wine; rightly do they love you. I am very dark, but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, like the tents of Kedar, like the curtains of Solomon.” (Song of Solomon 1:1-17)

“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 glasses of water 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)

And the Bible also commands husbands and wives to love each other. Here are the verses with this commandments:

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless, let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.” (Ephesians 5:22-33)

“Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you[a] of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.” (1 Peter 3:3-7)

Bible verses about children's love for parents,

Love of children for their parents

The Bible also teaches us to love our parents. This love is representing how God is the Father of those who believe and follow Him, and how He loves us. Therefore, love between children and their parents is also a key point in the concept of love we meet in the Bible.

“Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:20)

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” (Ephesians 6:1)

“Honor your father and mother; and you shall love your neighbors as yourself” (Matthew 19:19)

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