What Does the Bible Say About Love? With Scripture References

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Lord’s Library editors answer the question “What does the Bible say about love?” with specific Bible references.

Have you ever asked yourself the question “What does the Bible say about love?” If you have, you’re definitely not alone! And since the Bible helps Christians form a foundational understanding of important topics, it’s imperative that one know how Scripture describes love in different contexts. The Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines love as “In a general sense to be pleased with; to regard with affection, on account of some qualities which excite pleasing sensations or desire of gratification.”

Now armed with a basic love definition, Lord’s Library editors thought it would be a helpful exercise to provide Biblical context. As a result, we compiled this short resource which captures all notable mentions of the word love, as well as its other forms. If you’ve been wondering what the King James Bible says about love, scroll on for additional detail.

Note: If you want to know what the Bible says about love and 206 other important topics (to be exact), our editors recommend Spencer Smith’s Doctrine Matters: Bible Topic Guidebook.

What Does the Bible Say About Love?


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.”

Hebrews 13:1

“Let brotherly love continue.”

Romans 5:8

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Proverbs 8:17

“I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”

John 14:21

“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”

Proverbs 8:21

“That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.”

1 Corinthians 2:9

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

Psalms 145:20

“The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.”

Ephesians 6:24

“Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.”

Ephesians 4:15-16

“But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”


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Tim is the Founder and Ministerial Editor at Lord's Library, a Christian resource hub focused on helping readers grow their faith in Jesus Christ. Tim became a Christian in April 2021 and believes 1 Peter 4:11 commands him to share The Gospel (1 Corinthians 15: 1-4) "as of the ability which God giveth."

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