Love: 35 Beautiful Bible Verses to Keep Close to Your Heart

Updated on December 4, 2018
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Dexter is a pastor who believes that every life is precious to God. He enjoys studying the Bible with the intent to inspire others.

Bible Verses About Love

It feels good to love. It's soothing to the spirit and relaxing to the soul. God is love and those who believe in Him know how to love. Through the Holy Spirit, God has shed His love in our hearts. There isn't any greater demonstration or expression of love, other than the Son of God, surrendering His life on Calvary cross for our sins.

Love is sacrificial, not self-serving, it goes over and beyond to accommodate the object of its affection.

Love is God's best gift to mankind
Love is God's best gift to mankind

God is love, and He expects His children to be as He is. To love isn't optional, but God's command. But who and how to love? Fortunately, love isn't beyond our reach, it's as natural as breathing, God has created all men (male and female) with an innate passion to love. However, to express love requires a bit of commitment and patience in the beginning. But not many people are willing to make the sacrifice of commitment and patience, they give up and fall by the wayside of hatred and bitterness. But their demise doesn't have to be your portion.

To help you, here are 35 beautiful Bible Verses about love to keep close to your heart.

1 Corinthians 13:4 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 John 4:18 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.

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.

Proverbs 21:21 Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity, and honor.

1 Corinthians 13:3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

John 14:21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.

Revelation 3:19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.

Psalm 33:5 The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.

Bible Verses About God's Unconditional Love for Us

These Bible quotes about God's love reveals that God is rich in love. He loves you. And He has always loved you, even when you were not worthy of His love.

Not only has He given you His Son to express His love, but He has given these wonderful Bible verses about love to celebrate His love for you.

1 John 4:10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Psalm 103:8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

Lamentations 3:22-23 Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Deuteronomy 7:9 Now 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.

Ephesians 2:4-5 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.

Your spouse is God's gift to you
Your spouse is God's gift to you

Bible Verses for Married Couples

Marriage is honorable before the Lord, it was instituted by Him. There is no marriage that escapes His omnipresent eyes. He cares about marriages, and He will fight to see marriages prosper. After all, it is His intention to see husbands and their wives live in love, peace, and happiness.

So, whether you are already married, walking down the aisle, or renewing your marriage vows. Here are a few lovely Bible verses about love and marriage that will help you to grow in love for your significant other.

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

Genesis 2:24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lies down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?

Colossians 3:18-19 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

Ephesians 5:25-33 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way, husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church.

Show your love for God by loving others
Show your love for God by loving others

Bible Verses About Loving Others

The Bible says that we ought to love our neighbor as ourselves. Though this might appear unreasonable, or even unfair for some, God says to love.

Showing love to people who celebrate our misfortune and demise is hard, and for some almost impossible, but these Bible verses highlights that love is God's doing, it is His greatest attribute.

You aren't to repay hatred with hatred, but rather repay hatred with love and kindness.

We are God's example on earth, we are His image, and He expects us to show love at all times. So with that in mind, these challenging Bible verses about loving others will challenge you to love.

1 Thessalonians 3:12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.

Mark 12:31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.

Romans 13:10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 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. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hope, always perseveres. Love never fails.

Romans 13:8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.

1 John 4:21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

John 4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Always show love to your children
Always show love to your children

Bible Verses About Loving and Nurturing Your Children

Children are the Lord's heritage. But they aren't always loving and kind as we may want them to be. At times our children behave disrespectful and unkind.

For parents, this isn't a pleasant situation to deal with, it's heartbreaking. Just picture the countless sacrifices you made for your children over the years. You did it because you loved them, and you weren't looking for anything in return, other than their appreciation and respect. But instead of showing you the love, respect, and appreciation you deserve, they disregard your feelings.

Being in such predicaments are likely to entertain thoughts of regrets, bitterness, and hatred toward your children. And though the Bible doesn't have scriptures that explicitly say to love our children. God expects us to love them, and with that in mind has given us these Bible verses to read and meditate upon.

Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt, I called my son.

Psalm 127:3 Children are indeed a heritage from the LORD, and the fruit of the womb is His reward.

Love your enemies
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Bible Verses About Loving Our Enemies

While Jesus was on the cross. Moments before His final breath. He looked up to His father and said: "forgive them because they didn't know what they are doing."

Now, that's love. And that is what Jesus expects of us. On the day of Jesus' death, His enemies found satisfaction in His demise. But He forgave and loved them. Christ is our example, and we ought to follow and do the same as He did.

So here are a few challenging Bible verses about loving your enemies to keep you calmed.

Matthew 5:44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

1Peter 3:9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

Romans 12:17-21 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. ' If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord. On the contrary: 'If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.' Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Luke 6:27-28 But to you who are listening, I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

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