What Does the Bible Say About Love?

Love in our day and age is talked about and defined by many different people, yet love still seems mysterious and difficult to pin down. We may spend much of our life pursuing love only to continually wonder if we’ve actually found it. The Bible talks a lot about love and even makes some incredibly bold claims about love. Below are nine of the top verses about love. 

1. "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13) 

2. "Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him." (Proverbs 13:24) 

3. "You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?" (Matthew 5:43-46). 

4. "Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me." (John 14:23-24) 

5. "Whoever covers an offense seeks love,
    but he who repeats a matter separates close friends." (Proverbs 17:9) 

6. "For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." (Romans 13:9-10) 

7. "For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Galatians 5:13-14)

8. "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?" (1 John 3:16-17)

9. "By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 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. We love because he first loved us." (1 John 4:17-19)

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