What are the best Bible verses about love?
- Corinthians 13:4-7
- Psalm 36:5-7
- Romans 8:35, 37-39
- John 13:3-5, 34
Love is one of the most important themes in the Bible. Throughout every story and lesson, we are shown God’s love and grace for each one of us. Think about that — that the Almighty God who created every living thing loves you personally. These Bible verses about love can help change a sincere believer’s heart, and help those who are struggling to understand and accept God’s love.
Even if you are struggling, or you have spent your whole life running from His embrace, He still holds his arms open for you. His love is unconditional and all-encompassing, and because He loves us so, He commands His children to follow His footsteps and to love one another just the same.
However, we are only humans, and we can always falter in that love. In those cases, we must go to the source — the Bible — and remind ourselves of the lessons and examples of God’s love. You can take some time after reading each of the following verses to reflect on the verse and what it means for you.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
— 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.
Can you imagine? Being loved like this by another person would be mind-blowing, but — being loved like this by God is utterly life-changing. The fact is, this is how He has always loved us.
Popularly used in weddings, this verse reminds the couple to model their love on God’s love for us. The truth is, even if we strive all of our lives, we humans are not able to love as perfectly as He can. However, that does not mean that we should not try to have these qualities in our love for one another.
Just as He loves us, we should try to love our fellow Christians. His love is what allows us to have a relationship with Him, and this also gives us the ability to truly love others.
“Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, Your justice like the ocean depths. You care for people and animals alike, O LORD. How precious is Your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of Your wings.”
— Psalm 36:5-7
Being hurt or betrayed by someone you love is painful. Loving someone is risky, and once you’ve had your trust broken, it becomes harder to give that love to others.
Thankfully, we will always have someone who loves us unconditionally — someone who will never betray our trust or reject our love. God’s love is truly complete and unequivocal, and you will never have to doubt in that, nor hold back with Him. Even if your relationship with Him is weak, He will never stop loving you.
When you feel alone, or you find it hard to give your love to the people in your life, remember this verse. Remember that God’s love will never let you down, so you should be confident that no matter how others treat you, you will never be lacking in love.
Romans 8:35, 37-39
“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?” … “No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow — not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below — indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” — Romans 8:35, 37-39
Not only is it unconditional, but it’s also unwavering. God’s love is the most powerful force on this earth — not even the forces of hell and death could separate us from His love.
Though His love is all-encompassing, we cannot truly feel it in our lives until we accept God into it. When we accept this invitation, we can create a meaningful relationship with God. By accepting and nurturing that relationship, we become secure in His love. Through this act of faith, we can give Him a place in our daily lives.
When God is a conscious part of our way of life, there is nothing powerful enough to separate you from Him. Even when things are rough and your faith is faltering, He will never stop giving you His love.
John 13:3-5, 34
“Jesus knew that the Father had given Him authority over everything and that He had come from God and would return to God. So He got up from the table, took off His robe, wrapped a towel around His waist, and poured water into a basin. Then He began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel He had around Him.” … “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” — John 13:3-5, 34
The night before He was betrayed and crucified, Jesus already knew His fate — and yet, one of His last acts was an act of service — to wash His disciples’ feet.
During that time, washing someone else’s feet was the job of a lowly servant. So why did someone like Jesus do this? The answer is simple — He loved His disciples, despite all their faults, despite His impending betrayal.
Later on, Jesus tells them to love each other as one of His last commandments and His greatest lesson to them. Throughout everything, Jesus had shown them time and time again His love, — in forgiveness, in dispelling fear and doubt, and in allowing grace to enter their lives.
Jesus knew when He was put on this earth with us that He had all of the power and authority of His Father, and yet Jesus loved His people so much that he stepped down from that position of power to take on the role of a servant — for us!
In what He thought would be His final moments with us, Jesus showed that loving others often requires us to serve another in love. Sometimes, we will have to put aside our pride and our power to fully love another person, just as Jesus did for us.
These Bible verses about love are some of the most inspiring lessons that we can take into our daily lives. To receive love, we must first accept Jesus’ invitation and cultivate a relationship with God. To understand love, we must understand how God’s love is strong and everlasting. To truly love one another, we must look at how God and Jesus showed their love for us.
There are plenty of other verses about love that explain the depth of their love, and how we can apply those virtues in our lives. Whether we want to learn how to better love our friends (John 15:13), or our spouses (1 Corinthians 13:4-6), we simply have to look at the Bible for guidance. When you are lost on what to do next, remember to use this as a guide, and that we can love because of Him.