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Love is a fundamental emotion that connects, heals, and unites us, rooted in God’s eternal love. These 155 Bible verses about love showcase its importance from divine to personal levels, reflecting God’s love for us and our call to love one another. As we explore these Scriptures, we’re reminded of love’s transformative power and its central role in our lives, reaffirming that, through God, love truly is the greatest of all.

Love as a Core Christian Principle

  • John 13:34-35 – “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 – “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”
  • 1 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.”
  • Romans 12:9 – “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”
  • 1 Peter 4:8 – “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
  • 1 John 4:19 – “We love because he first loved us.”
  • Colossians 3:14 – “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
  • 1 Corinthians 13:13 – “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
  • 1 John 3:18 – “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
  • 1 Corinthians 16:14 – “Do everything in love.”

Love for God and His Commandments

  • Matthew 22:37-38 – “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.’”
  • Deuteronomy 6:5 – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
  • Joshua 22:5 – “But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
  • Mark 12:30 – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
  • Psalm 31:23 – “Love the Lord, all his faithful people! The Lord preserves those who are true to him, but the proud he pays back in full.”
  • Psalm 97:10 – “Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.”
  • Psalm 116:1 – “I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.”
  • 1 John 5:2-3 – “This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands.”
  • 2 John 1:6 – “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.”
  • Jude 1:21 – “Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.”

Love for Others

  • John 15:12 – “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
  • Romans 13:8 – “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.”
  • Galatians 5:14 – “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
  • Ephesians 4:2 – “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
  • 1 Peter 1:22 – “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:9 – “Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.”
  • Hebrews 13:1 – “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.”
  • 1 John 4:11 – “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
  • 1 John 4:12 – “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”

Unconditional and Sacrificial Love

  • Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
  • Ephesians 5:25 – “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”
  • 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.”
  • 1 John 4:9-10 – “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
  • Galatians 2:20 – “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
  • 1 John 3:1 – “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
  • Ephesians 2:4-5 – “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”
  • 1 John 3:16 – “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:16 – “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope.”
  • Revelation 1:5 – “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood.”

Loving Kindness and Mercy

  • Micah 6:8 – “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
  • Psalm 103:8 – “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.”
  • Psalm 117:2 – “For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord.”
  • Psalm 136:1 – “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.”
  • Joel 2:13 – “Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.”
  • Psalm 86:15 – “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”
  • Exodus 34:6 – “And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, ‘The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.'”
  • Nehemiah 9:17 – “But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.”
  • Psalm 145:8 – “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.”
  • Jonah 4:2 – “He prayed to the Lord, ‘Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.'”

Love and Forgiveness

  • Colossians 3:13 – “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
  • Matthew 6:14-15 – “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
  • Ephesians 4:32 – “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
  • Luke 17:3-4 – “So watch yourselves. ‘If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.'”
  • Matthew 18:21-22 – “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.'”
  • Mark 11:25 – “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
  • 2 Corinthians 2:7-8 – “Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.”
  • Luke 6:37 – “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
  • James 5:16 – “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
  • Psalm 130:4 – “But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.”

Love in Relationships and Community

  • Ephesians 5:33 – “However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”
  • Proverbs 17:17 – “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”
  • Proverbs 27:17 – “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
  • 1 Peter 3:7 – “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.”
  • 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.”
  • Proverbs 31:10 – “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.”
  • Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 – “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.”
  • Proverbs 15:17 – “Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.”
  • Song of Solomon 8:7 – “Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, it would be utterly scorned.”

God’s Love and Compassion

  • Psalm 86:15 – “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”
  • Isaiah 54:10 – “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”
  • Zephaniah 3:17 – “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
  • Deuteronomy 7:9 – “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.”
  • Isaiah 63:7 – “I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us—yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses.”
  • Hosea 3:1 – “The Lord said to me, ‘Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods.'”
  • Psalm 103:13 – “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.”

Loving Actions and Service

  • Hebrews 6:10 – “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”
  • 1 John 3:17-18 – “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
  • Philippians 2:1-2 – “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.”
  • James 2:15-16 – “Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?”
  • 1 Peter 4:9-10 – “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
  • Galatians 6:2 – “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
  • Matthew 25:35-36 – “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
  • Luke 10:36-37 – “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers? The expert in the law replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’ Jesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.'”
  • 1 Timothy 5:8 – “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

The Power of Love

  • 1 Corinthians 8:1 – “Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that ‘We all possess knowledge.’ But knowledge puffs up while love builds up.”
  • 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.”
  • Song of Solomon 8:6 – “Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.”
  • Proverbs 10:12 – “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.”
  • 1 Peter 4:10 – “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
  • Song of Solomon 2:4 – “Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love.”
  • 1 Corinthians 13:8 – “Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”
  • Song of Solomon 4:10 – “How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume more than any spice!”
  • Psalm 85:10 – “Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.”

Reflecting God’s Love

  • Ephesians 5:1-2 – “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 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.”
  • 2 John 1:5-6 – “And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands.”
  • 1 John 2:10 – “Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.”
  • John 15:9 – “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.”
  • Ephesians 4:15 – “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.”
  • 1 John 4:20 – “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.”
  • John 15:17 – “This is my command: Love each other.”
  • 2 Corinthians 5:14 – “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.”
  • 1 John 3:14 – “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death.”

Love and the Law

  • Romans 13:10 – “Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
  • Matthew 22:40 – “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
  • Romans 12:8 – “If it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
  • Romans 13:9 – “The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
  • James 2:8 – “If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing right.”
  • Matthew 5:44 – “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
  • Luke 6:27 – “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.”
  • Mark 12:33 – “To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
  • Proverbs 21:21 – “Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity, and honor.”

The Joy and Blessing of Love

  • Proverbs 17:9 – “Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”
  • Psalm 63:3 – “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.”
  • Psalm 90:14 – “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.”
  • Proverbs 18:22 – “He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.”
  • Song of Solomon 2:16 – “My beloved is mine and I am his; he browses among the lilies.”
  • Song of Solomon 3:4 – “Scarcely had I passed them when I found the one my heart loves. I held him and would not let him go till I had brought him to my mother’s house, to the room of the one who conceived me.”
  • Psalm 36:7 – “How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”
  • Proverbs 15:17 – “Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.”
  • Song of Solomon 7:6 – “How beautiful you are and how pleasing, my love, with your delights!”
  • Psalm 147:11 – “The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.”

Compassion and Care

  • Zechariah 7:9 – “This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.'”
  • Psalm 112:4 – “Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.”
  • Colossians 3:12 – “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
  • Deuteronomy 10:19 – “And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.”
  • Job 6:14 – “Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.”
  • Psalm 145:9 – “The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.”
  • Proverbs 11:17 – “Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.”
  • Isaiah 58:7 – “Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”
  • Hosea 2:19 – “I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.”

Love in Action and Truth

  • Proverbs 3:27-28 – “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you’—when you already have it with you.”
  • Luke 6:35 – “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”
  • 1 John 4:16 – “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.”
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:5 – “May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.”
  • 1 John 4:21 – “And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”
  • Romans 12:10 – “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”
  • Galatians 5:13 – “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”

God’s Enduring Love

  • Jeremiah 31:3 – “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.'”
  • Isaiah 54:8 – “In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,’ says the Lord your Redeemer.”
  • Psalm 136:2 – “Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.”
  • Deuteronomy 7:13 – “He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers.”
  • Psalm 103:17 – “But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children.”
  • Isaiah 49:15 – “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!”
  • Psalm 33:22 – “May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.”
  • Psalm 108:4 – “For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.”
  • Hosea 14:4 – “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them.”
  • Isaiah 43:4 – “Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.”

The Call to Love and Kindness

  • Luke 10:27 – “He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
  • 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 – “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 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.”
  • Galatians 6:10 – “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
  • 1 John 4:7-8 – “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.”
  • James 1:12 – “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
  • Proverbs 3:3-4 – “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.”
  • 2 Timothy 1:7 – “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
  • 1 Corinthians 13:6-7 – “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

Conclusion

Exploring these 155 Bible verses about love really shifts how we see things. It’s about adopting a love that’s inspired by God, affecting every part of our life. It’s a reminder to lead with love in everything and with everyone. Letting this divine love guide us brings real compassion into our actions. By doing this, we live by the greatest commandment: to love one another as God loves us, placing love at the center of everything.