If you collect all the Bible verses about love from Scripture, you get a picture of a God who created the world in love, who sets out to rescue his fallen creation out of love, and who calls us to respond in love, love both for God and for each other.
These Bible verses about love are great not just for contemplating the nature of God and our role in bringing about his Kingdom, but also for encouraging others and sharing in things like Valentine’s cards, on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or anywhere else where you want to share the love of God with a little piece of Scripture.
What does the Bible say about Love?
The Bible has quite a bit to say about both God’s love for us, and our love for each other. We are told to love one another, that by our love we will be recognized as disciples of Jesus, and that we ought to love one another as we love ourselves.
We are also told that God ought to be our top priority, our “first love”: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (Matt. 22:37) and that all love ultimately comes from God: :”We love because he first loved us (1 John 4:19).
This is, perhaps, because God himself is love. God, as Trinity, exists in relationship. Relationship and love are built into the very character of God. (Note that this doesn’t mean that love is God. It doesn’t allow us to deify love itself, or to say that God is nothing but love. But it does tell us that love is part of the very nature of God.)
Here are 37 of my favourite Bible verses about love from Scripture that are great to use on Valentine cards, encouragement cards, or anywhere else where you want to share the love of God.
New Testament Verses about Love
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. – John 3:16
We love because he first loved us. – 1 John 4:19
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ – Matthew 22:37
Love your neighbor as yourself. – Matthew 22:39
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God. – 1 John 3:1
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. – Ephesians 4:2
Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. – Matthew 5:44
Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. – 1 John 3:18
God works for the good of those who love him. – Romans 8:28
If we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. – 1 John 4:12
Let all that you do be done in love. – 1 Corinthians 16:14 (ESV)
Love one another deeply, from the heart. – 1 Peter 1:22
Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. – 1 John 4:21
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (ESV)
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. – John 13:35 (ESV)
God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. – Romans 5:5
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13 (ESV)
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. – 1 John 4:8 (ESV)
Love one another. – 1 John 4:9
God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. – 1 John 4:16
Nothing in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:39
How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. – Ephesians 3:18
Love never fails. – 1 Corinthians 13:8
You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased. – Mark 1:11
Old Testament Verses about Love
Love covers over all wrongs. – Proverbs 10:12
Let love and faithfulness never leave you. – Proverbs 3:3
The Lord appeared to us…saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. – Jeremiah 31:3
When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. – Psalm 94:18
A friend loves at all times. – Proverbs 17:17 (ESV)
I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. – Jeremiah 31:3
He is good; his love endures forever. – 2 Chronicles 5:13
The earth is full of his unfailing love. – Psalm 33:5
The Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him. – Psalm 32:10
For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. – Psalm 117:2
Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. – Psalm 36:5
I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever. – Psalm 89:1
For great is your love, reaching to the heavens. – Psalm 57:10