Sometimes it seems like we hear romantic love hyped up everywhere we turn—tv programs, movies, songs, and super market aisles brimming with flowers and heart shaped chocolates. And if our pocketbooks are any indication, many of us make an effort to show our love through our culture’s trademark gifts for our significant others.
But I wonder, how versed our we when it comes to God’s definition of love? And how often do we take the time to read through some of the Bible’s passages on love.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, I encourage you to spend some time with your family reading about God’s love for us and the love he asks us to have for others. Here are a few verses for believers and their corresponding truths:
God Loved us First
Romans 5:8 — But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
1 John 4:19 — We love because he loved us first.
God in His Loves Makes Us His Children
1 John 3:1 — See what sort of love the Father has given to us: that we should be called God’s children—and indeed we are! For this reason the world does not know us: because it did not know him.
Nothing Can Separate Believers from God’s Love
Romans 8:37–39 — No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us! For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers,nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Love Trumps All
1 Corinthians 13:13 — And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
What are your all time favorite verses on love?