There are so many Bible verses about love like this powerful verse that reminds us that, “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” (Psalm 103:8) When it comes to love and understanding what love really is, there’s no better example than God.
God’s Love Letter
There have been so many well-written articles and books about love and what love is. Books about love for humanity, the love for ourselves, love between husband and wife, and love for our children, and the love of a true friend. But in all those, the only true answer about what love is, is found in the Scriptures as these Bible verses about love will highlight.
God loved us first! He has written us a love letter in the form of the Scriptures. And it’s not just Bible verses about love that make this clear. God’s word shows us promises of what humanity can become through the power of His love.
He has also outlined what the love for a husband and wife should look like, as well as how to love our children.
In addition to what the Bible has to say about love, God shows us how to love our enemies. The Bible is filled with direction and instruction about what love is and what it can become.
God has set is all out before us. Love is not just an emotion or strong attraction, but an action towards others to show the goodness of our God. As you’ll see in these Bible verses about love, it is active!
May these Bible verses about love provide insight on how to give and receive love from those around you. Continue to shine the light of Messiah in the form of God’s love, and may you find joy and peace in the God that loves you! Bless You Abundantly!
Old Testament Verses
In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.
~ Exodus 15:13
You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
~ Exodus 20:6
Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.
~ Leviticus 19:18
The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.
~ Numbers 14:18
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
~ Deuteronomy 6:5
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.
~ Deuteronomy 7:9
Love the LORD your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always.
~ Deuteronomy 11:1
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
~ 1 Chronicles 16:34
But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple.
~ Psalm 5:7
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
~ Psalm 5:11
Turn, LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.
~ Psalm 6:4
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.
~ Psalm 13:5
For the king trusts in the LORD; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken.
~ Psalm 21:7
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
~ Psalm 23:6
Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, LORD, are good.
~ Psalm 25:7
Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.
~ Psalm 26:3
LORD, I love the house where you live, the place where your glory dwells.
~ Psalm 26:8
I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul.
~ Psalm 31:7
Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.
~ Psalm 31:16
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
~ Psalm 143:8
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
~ Psalm 103:8
Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
~ Proverbs 21:21
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
~ Proverbs 3:3-4
New Testament Verses
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-5
Do everything in love.
~ 1 Corinthians 16:14
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
~ Colossians 3:14
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
~1 John 4:16
We love because He first loved us.
~ 1 John 4:19
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:13
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
~ Romans 12:9
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word.
~ Ephesians 5:25-26
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
~ 1 John 4:12
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
~ John 15:13
Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.
~ 1 John 4:20
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
~ 1 John 3:1
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
~ 1 John 4:18
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
~ Ephesians 4:15
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
~ 1 John 4:8
Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
~ Jude 1:2
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
~ Matthew 5:44
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
~ Galatians 5:22-23
If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.
~ John 15:10
For God so loved the world, that He gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
~ John 3:16