“Ten LOVE Bible Verses”
I. God So Loved
- John 3:16… John 3:16…For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
- This verse is the most popular and memorized of all people worldwide.
- This is the epitome of love.
- This is a sacrificial love. A love that requires sacrifice.
- This is a love that lasts forever and never dies (everlasting life).
II. No Love Greater Than This
- John 15:13…Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14) Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
- When you first look at this verse it seems to describe a “friend’s love.”
- But I look at it again and realize that it is talking of a person who loves people so much that he/she would sacrifice their life for that friend.
- This verse of course is talking of Jesus’ love towards those who accept Him (His friends).
- You would expect this kind of love for a spouse, or family member. But a friend? Wow! This is deep love.
III. Love Your Enemies
- Matthew 5:43…Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44) But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
- Jesus gives another commandment in addition to the 10 Commandments given by Moses.
- This was given by Christ in the Beatitudes which is…“The Law” laid out by God for those who want to follow Christ.
IV. Love Your Brethren
- Romans 12:9…Let love be without dissimulation (without hypocrisy, not two face). Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10) Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
- The term “brotherly love” is an expression meaning love that you would have towards a blood brother or sister.
- Paul encourages the people at Rome to have a love that is not hypocritical (two faced). Obviously this was a problem or he would not have brought it up.
V. Love Your Neighbor
- Mark 12:30… And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31) And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
VI. Love One Another
- John 13:34…A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35) By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
- This was a “New Commandment” for those Old Testament Jews who were taught to “love one another” and “love their neighbors.”
- But Jesus is ushering in a “new” kind of love. A “sacrificial” love.
- They were not used to that kind of love. They never practiced it.
VII. If You Love Me
- John 14:15… If ye love me, keep my commandments.
- Five times in the Bible you will see the where “Love” towards God is shown by “keeping His Commandments.
- This is a blunt true statement of a fact by Jesus Christ Himself.
- If you truly love Jesus, you will do as He asks.
- Failure to do what he asks is not love.
VIII. Love Covers Many Sins
- I Peter 4:8… And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
- This is a “Get out of jail free” card. It is not an excuse for people to sin all they want so long as they love everybody.
- Note the word “fervent.” It means to strain or stretch to the limit.
- The word “charity” is not just “love by feeling” but rather “love by actions.”
IX. The Love Of A Friend
- Proverbs 17:17…A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
- This means never ending love at all times, all places, under all circumstances.
X. Marital Love
- Genesis 29:20… And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.
- Ruth 1:16…And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: 17) Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
- Don’t force me to leave you
- Where you go, I will go
- Where you live, I will live
- Your people will be my people (or your friends will be my friends)
- Your God will be my God
- Where you die, I will die.
- I will be asked to be buried by you.
- Nothing or nobody will separate us except death.