As Christians, we’re called to love one another, just as Christ loves us. The Bible has a lot to say about how we should love. The Gospel of John alone has the word love mentioned 57 times. Jesus was the perfect example of love in its purest form when he died for our sins so that we could have eternal life.
While love is one of the most basic commands, as humans we frequently fall short of loving each other the way God would want us to. With so much divide and hatred in the world, it can at times feel hopeless to spread love. When you turn on the news, it can seem like all that exists is hate. To encourage your church, we’ve compiled some of the best scriptures about love that you can use in your next church service to inspire your congregation. We hope that these Bible verses about love help your church to be a source of light in the world and share the love of Jesus.
Love Your Enemies
While it’s easy to love your family and friends, it’s extremely challenging to love those that are unkind to you and or people with whom you have a difficult relationship. Since Jesus loves us despite all of our mistakes and flaws, he calls us to do the same to others. Even lifelong Christians struggle with loving everyone and choosing grace and forgiveness. These Bible verses are powerful ways to show your church the importance of loving everyone – including your enemies and those that you don’t like or agree with.
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.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5
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.
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.
But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. …
You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
Love God With All Your Heart
While God wants our full attention and to be first in our hearts, sometimes we become distracted and put other things before God. Between social media, email notifications, incoming texts, and constant entertainment on streaming platforms like Netflix, it can be easy to mindlessly get out of the habit of spending time with the Lord. Sometimes even a good thing like work or spending time with friends can get in the way of your relationship with God. When you put Jesus first in your heart, everything else falls into place. These Bible verses about loving God with all your heart are a great way to encourage your church to spend time in the word and change some of their priorities so that Jesus is first.
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Bible Verses That Help You Understand The Depth Of God’s Love
The media constantly shows us what “love” should look like. However, what the media and popular culture portray as love isn’t always in line with what God intended love to be. Without a clear understanding of the extent of God’s love for us, it’s hard to truly love ourselves and others. These powerful scriptures are an incredible way to help your congregation understand just how much God loves us.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
1 John 4:16
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
1 John 4:19
We love because he first loved us.
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
1 John 3:16-18
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.
Scriptures About Love Through Marriage
One of the best ways to have a successful, lasting marriage is to place Jesus at the center of it. By asking God to be within your marriage, you’re able to build it on a strong foundation so that when challenges or temptations arise, the relationship can weather the storm. The Bible has a lot to say about marriage. These scriptures are great to use in messages or groups for married couples or those hoping to soon marry.
1 Peter 3:7
In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Love Each Other As Jesus Loved Us
Throughout the New Testament, Jesus constantly urged his followers to love one another as He loves us. Jesus loves us despite all of our flaws, mistakes, and sins. He accepts us with open arms and has endless grace and forgiveness. Jesus tells us that others will know that we are His by the way that we love. These Bible verses about loving each other like Jesus are a great way to remind your church of how they should act towards themselves and others.
1 John 4:7
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
1 Corinthians 16:14
Let all that you do be done in love.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
1 John 4:8
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Encourage Each Other To Love Better
As we grow and mature in our faith, our goal is to become more like Jesus. As Christians all working together towards the same goal, it’s important to gently hold each other accountable and encourage one another to love each other deeply. These Bible verses remind us to build each other up in love.
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Love As A Commandment
When we choose to follow Jesus, loving others isn’t optional – it’s a command. Jesus tells us that if we love Him, we must also love others in the same way. We can’t say that we love Christ and then not carry it out through our actions. These scriptures are a great reminder of that.
1 Peter 4:8
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
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