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21 Encouraging Bible Verses About Love

The ultimate source of all encouragement is the fact that God is love, and He loves us and has a perfect plan for us. Read these verses about God’s love.

Bible Verses About Love

Deuteronomy 10:18

“He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing.”

The great God shows no partiality (verse 17), but is fair to all, including the disadvantaged and the foreigners. He wants us to show the same kind of love (verse 19).

Read more about this verse.

Psalm 36:7

“How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.”

“No tongue can fully express the infinitude of God’s love, or any mind comprehend it: it ‘passeth knowledge’ (Eph. 3:19). The most extensive ideas that a finite mind can frame about Divine love are infinitely below its true nature” (John Brine, quoted in Believer’s Bible Commentary on Psalm 36:7).

Psalm 63:3

“Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.”

The meaningful Hebrew word translated lovingkindness here (hesed, Strong’s H2617) is used 240 times in the Old Testament. Here is just a small portion of its definition from Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words:

“Loving-kindness; steadfast love; grace; mercy; faithfulness; goodness; devotion. …

“In general one may identify three basic meanings of the word, which always interact: ‘strength,’ ‘steadfastness,’ and ‘love.’ Any understanding of the word that fails to suggest all three inevitably loses some of its richness. ‘Love’ by itself easily becomes sentimentalized or universalized apart from the covenant. Yet ‘strength’ or ‘steadfastness’ suggests only the fulfillment of a legal or other obligation.”

Psalm 103:13-14

“As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.”

King David wrote this psalm in the 11th or 10th century B.C.

Psalm 138:2

“I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name.”

Read more about God’s love and His truth in our articles “Love of God” and “What Is Truth?

Jeremiah 31:3

“The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying, ‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.’”

Love is the essential characteristic of God. 

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Zephaniah 3:17

“The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

God’s loving plan culminates in saving humanity from destruction and tenderly comforting and drawing all people to Him. Read about the future He has in store in our articles “1,000 Years—the Millennium” and “Best News Ever.”

Romans 5:5

“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit [which] was given to us.”

Romans 5:8

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

As our article “Why Jesus Had to Die” explains:

“The crucifixion of the Son of God, with all its awfulness, helps us comprehend the horrible consequence of sin and appreciate the redemption we have ‘through His [Christ’s] blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace’ (Ephesians 1:7).

“We marvel at God’s love, that He would give ‘His only begotten Son,’ to be crucified for us" (John 3:16).

Read more about this verse.

Romans 8:28

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

The apostle Paul wrote this to the Church of God in Rome around A.D. 57.

Romans 8:35

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”

The apostle Paul wrote this to the Church of God in Rome around A.D. 57.

Romans 8:37-39

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

The apostle Paul wrote this to the Church of God in Rome around A.D. 57.

1 Corinthians 2:9

“But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’”

It is not clear exactly what writing the apostle Paul was quoting (perhaps he was paraphrasing Isaiah 64:4 and 65:17), but the message of God’s mind-boggling love is clear.

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Ephesians 2:4

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us…”

The gracious result of God’s love mentioned in verse 4 is described in verses 5-7. There is a process by which God saves us.

Read more about this verse.

Ephesians 3:19

“To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

Humanly we can’t measure or understand “the width and length and depth and height” (verse 18) of Christ’s love or the fullness of God. But with Christ (in whom dwells all the fullness of the Godhead, Colossians 2:9) in us, we can comprehend what is beyond human comprehension. 

Read more about this verse.

Ephesians 5:2

“And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”

Read about Christ’s awesome love for us in our articles “Why Jesus Had to Die” and “The Greatest Sacrifice Ever.”

1 Peter 5:6-7

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

The apostle Peter wrote this perhaps between A.D. 62-64.

1 John 1:9

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

The apostle John wrote this perhaps around A.D. 90.

Read more about this verse.

1 John 3:1

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.”

Read more about this incredible love in our article “Children of God.” Read more about this passage in our “Daily Bible Verse Blog” post “God’s Amazing Love: Called to Be His Children!”

1 John 4:8-10

“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

Learn more about God’s love, Christ’s sacrifice and the meaning of propitiation in our articles “Sacrifice of Jesus” and “Propitiation: What Does It Mean?

1 John 4:16

“And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”

As our article “God Is Love” explains:

“God is love. Love is the fundamental essence of His nature and character—His very being. God is perfect in love. God’s love is manifested by His absolutely pure desire to care for, share and give.”

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