What the Bible Says about Love
We hear about the idea of falling in love all the time, especially around Valentine’s Day, but what is love exactly? What does it look like in action? Instantly, your mind might be thinking of a family member, dear friend, or significant other that you’re close to. While we might live in a world where love is usually sensational or self-absorbed, that cannot be what God meant when He inspired the words “God is love.” Thankfully, we don’t have to wonder what He meant——we can look at what the Bible says about love!
In fact, God gives a great Biblical overview to ponder and meditate in 1 Corinthians 13:
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 (vs. 4-7).
Using this wonderful outline created by God Himself, let’s take a closer look at what the Bible has to say about love.
Love is Patient.
The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love (Ps. 145:8).
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love (Eph. 4:1-2).
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matt. 5:44).
Love is Kind.
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor (Rom. 12:10).
Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares (Heb. 13:1-2).
Love is Humble.
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace (1 Pet. 4:8-10).
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 (Gal. 5:13).
Let all that you do be done in love (1 Cor. 16:14).
Love is Selfless.
No one should seek their own good, but the good of others (1 Cor. 10:24).
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 (Lk. 6:35).
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends (Jn. 15:13).
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (Jn. 3:16).
Love is Hopeful.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you (Ps. 86:5).
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 (Eph. 2:4-5).
Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you (Ps. 63:3).
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Rom. 8:37).
Love is Enduring.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity (Prov. 17:17).
I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you (Jer. 31:3).
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 (Rom. 8:38-39).
These verses and many others show us what the Bible says about true and genuine love. According to God’s definition, we can see love in the selfless acts that one friend bestows on another. We witness it when two people commit to a lasting marriage “until death do us part.”
We understand it when we spend more time thinking about the needs of others than ourselves. And most importantly, we find the most perfect example in the picture of Jesus Christ dying on the cross for our sins.
Have you thought about the people who don’t understand that picture of Jesus’ perfect love? You could have the privilege of showing them with a pocket Gospel! Hand them “A Story of Perfect Love” or “Love Coloring Book” and help them meet the Love of their life.