By Sarah Reyes
As a human, we are guaranteed to do ONE thing during our lives no matter what: we will love. Love is a timeless emotion that can be exciting, deep, passionate and even unwaveringly loyal. But there are also bad things about love: it can cause wars, pain, suffering turmoil.
That’s why, as Christians, we should learn about God’s eternal Love. If we do, then we can do our best to TRULY love people during our lives. Our love can be selfless, instead of selfish. The best place to learn about God’s Love for us is the Bible.
In the Bible, we see that God loved us so much that He gave up his only Son for our sins and us. If it weren’t for this eternal, unconditional act of love, we wouldn’t be saved. Praise God and read the Bible verses below to get a better, more fuller understanding of love!
# 20 – Psalms 42:11
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
The most important message contained in this verse is this: we should not be in despair. Psalms 42:11 tells us that we have no reason to be in despair or cast down. We, people who love and worship God, are saved. We praise Him because He loves us and he gave up His only Son for us. We should rejoice in His love!
Therefore there is no reason for us to be sad! Any time you experience sadness or depression in your life, all you need to do is remind of yourself of God’s undying love for you.
# 19 – Proverbs 5:19
Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.
When reading this verse in Proverbs, you must take a step back to truly understand the big picture. It teaches us about being satisfied with our chosen partner in life. We should be satisfied with by the love of this person, as an infant is kept satisfied by its mother’s milk. If the wife loves the husband and the husband the wife, then it is a recipe for happiness.
So remember, when you choose your partner, you should be satisfied both mentally and physically. This should be a person that you respect loves you back. If it is, then you will always be happy in his or her love.
# 18 – Proverbs 10:12
Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
Sin, strife and negativity are borne out of hatred – this is always the case! But, as this verse in Proverbs tell us, LOVE “covers” of these sins. Love, goodness and happiness will always conquer hatred, evil and sin. That is why every one of us should fill our lives with as much goodness as we can.
Love will heal us, so we should look to God’s love whenever we are in need of healing, support and guidance.
# 17 – Proverbs 13:24
He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
If you love your children, you should always endeavor to teach them, even if this means punishing them from time to time. You would be doing them a disservice if you “spared the rod” and didn’t punish them when they did wrong. If you love your family – teach them what is right and good in whatever way you can.
As a parent, it can be hard to scold a child that you love so very much (more than yourself, even). But you must be strong! Teach the child what is good and what is bad – even if sometimes that requires chastisement. They will be better for it.
# 16 – Proverbs 17:17
A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
This verse from Proverbs is a little confusing – both a friend and a brother should know love. However, it is a friend’s nature to show love at all times. A brother’s love is different from a friend’s, however. Even though he should love at all times, he should always strive to fight for and protect his brother, even though he may face adversity while doing so.
Therefore, a brother’s love is MORE powerful… even though he might have to endure strife and hardships to protect his kin.
# 15 – Song of Solomon 1:2
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.
The Song of Solomon is full of colorful, passionate language about love.This verse is a simple celebration of love at its most basic expression – the kiss! The kiss can unite lovers, families and friends. It is universally understood as an expression of love. Love between two people can be more exquisite and enjoyable than all other earthly pleasures!
# 14 – Song of Solomon 4:10
How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices!
This is yet another verse in the Book of Solomon that celebrates the simple beauty and joy of love. Although there are many different kinds of love, they all share a similar core that brings us joy. How lucky are those who are able to love God, family and friends!
Love is compared to many pleasing things throughout history: a wine, a flower, a sound or a smell. And even though we can get wrapped up in the poetry of love, we must never forget what a serious, passionate emotion it can be.
# 13 – Song of Solomon 8:6
Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.
All of us should be able to wear the love we have in our hearts like badges of honor on our sleeves. Love can be passionate – so passionate that it feels it will outlast even death itself! And although love can inspire jealousy that feels as cruel as torture, it is always worth the risk!
You should be proud of the unconditional love you have for people. It is an amazing thing to have. Every time we love someone we are honoring God’s love for us. Be proud!
# 12 – 1 Corinthians 13:4
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
This verse in Corinthians reminds us that by giving to others we can express our love. Charity, a common expression of love, represents some of the most important things about the thing called love. It is kind, long, it does not envy and it is not concerned with itself. It is completely selfless – a perfect expression of God’s undying love for us.
We should be reminded here that love should be selfless. If we love someone, we should not care to receive anything in return, even if that is something we desperately want.
# 11 – 1 Corinthians 13:13
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
This verse in Corinthians reminds us of what we should hold dear in our lives: faith, hope and charity. However, it emphasizes that charity should be the most important. Charity helps others and it is a completely selfless expression of true love. It is the best way to spread the love of God to the people of the world!
Just think of what the world would be like if more people were charitable! It would be a kind, loving place and no one would have to fear. And although there are many very giving people in the world, not all of us are all of the time. We should work more often to be this way!
# 10 – Colossians 3:14
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
This verse in Colossians that teaches us again about the importance of charity – it is the selfless expression of love that we should show the world as faithful Christians. Through charity, we can improve the lives of others without asking for anything in return!
Sometimes it is hard to put this into practice. If we are charitable, then we are not receiving anything in return. We must think about what God and Jesus would do during our days. Would They worry about receiving? Or would They give? Just like Jesus gave up His life for our sins?
# 9 – 1 Peter 4:8
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
This verse in Peter means that if we are repentant, loving Christians… we should try to show love to others. By being charitable, we can show others and God that our love is pure and meaningful. Do your best to make the world a better place when you repent for your sins.
It might not always be easy, but it is best for your life and the lives of others if you are charitable and repentant. Volunteer, be selfless and always put others’ needs before your own.
# 8 – 1 John 3:16
Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
This verse is telling us that we should use God’s ultimate example of unconditional love – Him giving up his only Son for our sins – as guidance in our own lives. If God was able to give up His Son for us, we should be able to provide for our brothers and sisters in a similar way.
Every day of your life doesn’t have to be full of extravagant, love-filled gestures, but we should always remember that the least we can do is to treat people with kindness. If God’s Son gave up His life for us, we can act least be nice to our fellow man.
# 7 – 1 John 4:9
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
Once again, this verse from the Book of John instructs us how to treat the other people in our lives. If we can attempt to love others even a fraction of the way God loves us, we could make their lives and ours better.
That is why keeping God at the center of our lives can improve so much! Our lives can take on a whole new meaning if we try to love our brothers and act like true Christians. We should be filled with love – not hate!
# 6 – 1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
Whenever we are truly, deeply in love with someone we shouldn’t feel fear. There is no fear in love – only passion, understanding, and kindness. Fear results in torment, misunderstandings and heartbreak. When we love God and others, we should be faithful in that love.
If we are in love with someone, the worst thing we can do is FEAR. We must let ourselves be consumed by the love. Some people fear change or commitment, but we shouldn’t. Love is a pure, amazing thing. Humans are imperfect and things can happen, but the act of love will always be the same.
# 5 – 1 John 4:8
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
This is an extremely important verse in the Book of John. This verse tells us that God IS love. If God is love, and we desire getting closer to God, we should learn to love more deeply and more fully than ever before.
This might be the most straightforward Biblical advice on love in existence. If God is love, then love is good (like God). It is also pure and holy. This is why when we feel love, we need to remember it is sacred. It should be treated with respect – and so should our fellow man.
# 4 – Song of Solomon 8:7
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.
This verse in the Song of Solomon so eloquently defines love – it cannot be drowned and it should be one of the most important things in our lives. Take this to heart when you think about your love for God. This love (and God) should be at the center of your life.
If it is, then you can be strong during times of strife. You can survive against the raging waters and not drown.
# 3 – John 15:13
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
If any of us were to lay down our life for our loved ones, we would be emulating the greatest act of love of all: Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. If we could put our loved ones first in our life, we could get that much closer to God.
This is never easy to do, but we should always strive to do it. Just think of how a mother would feel about her children: she has an undying, unconditional love for them. If we could express a fraction of that love to more people, we could improve so many lives – even souls.
# 2 – Song of Solomon 2:16
My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.
This simple verse in the Song of Solomon summarizes love famously – if you love someone and they love you, you will be in a world so wonderful, as if sweet smelling lilies surrounded you. Now, the real world isn’t fantasy, but true love is real. And when you love, your world can be so much better.
Each one of us has a different mental of image of what love it like – you might think of sweets, flowers, perfumes, silks or passion. But love is a universal language. No matter what it means to each of us, we all feel the same love!
# 1 – Ephesians 5:25
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
This final verse about love from the book of Ephesians is one of the best verses to read when you’re curious about the love in any relationship that you are currently in. It applies to every single one of us and we should take it to heart. Husbands should love their wives and wives should love their husbands – it is simple as that. Relationships can be complicated, but if we can keep unconditional love at the center of our hearts we can make our lives, and the lives of others, so much better.
So learn to love God more deeply and more truly if you want to become closer to Him – if you need help understanding, please read more on GodVine’s online Bible!