Did you know that the word ‘love’ is mentioned over 500* times in the Bible? Here’s what God wants you to know about it.

We are called to love one another

John 15:12

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“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.” - 1 Peter 4:8

“No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” - 1 John 4:12

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” - Hebrews 10:24

“If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’, you are doing right.” - James 2:8

Love should be at the centre of everything we do

1 Corinthians 16:4

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“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” - Colossians 3:14

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” - 1 Corinthians 13:13

“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” - Romans 13:8

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” - 2 Timothy 1:7

Falling in love is a precious gift from God

Philippians 1:3

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“Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves.” - Romans 12:10

“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.” - 1 Thessalonians 3:12

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” - Ephesians 4:2

“Two are better than one, Because they have a good return for their labour: If either of them falls down, One can help the other up.” - Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Love helps us to grow

1 Corinthians 13:4

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“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” - 1 John 4:18

“The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.’” - Genesis 2:18

“If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” - 1 Corinthians 13:3

“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” - Ephesians 4:16

God's love for us is unfailing

1 Corinthians 13:8

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“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.” - Psalm 13:5

“The Lord appeared to us in the past saying: I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” - Jeremiah 31:3

“I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; Therefore I will wait for him.’” - Lamentations 3:24

“But whoever loves God is known by God.” - 1 Corinthians 8:3

“When I said “My foot is slipping”, your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.” - Psalm 94:18

*'Love' is mentioned 500 times in the NIV bible. This number varies in other translations.