A Celebration of Love

Date Posted: 2/14/2012

There are many different stories regarding Valentine’s day. One opinion holds that St. Valentine - the namesake for Valentine’s day, was a temple priest arrested for marrying Christians during the Reign of Claudius II when it was illegal to aid them in any way. See additional information on St. Valentine and the history of Valentine’s day.

 

While looking for Biblical verses for Valentine’s day to share about love, I loaded my Bible application and searched for the word. My default setting – NIV - yielded 842 results. Curiosity got the better of me, so I switched versions a few times.

  • The King James Version yielded 599 results   
  • The New King James Version yielded 669 results
  • Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase: “The Message” yielded 845 results
  • The New Living Translation yielded 898 results
  • The Common English Bible yielded 942 results

The actual numbers (as far as my observations here are concerned) are less important than the affirmation that love is mentioned quite a lot, and in many contexts.

 

Below are some verses, many of them long time favorites on Love. For more on the subject, read John Wesley’s Sermon on Love.

 

(All verses are from NIV)

 

Genesis 29:20

So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.

 

Galatians 2:20 

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

 

Ephesians 4:2-3 

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

 

Proverbs 10:12 

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.

 

Proverbs 17:17 

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

 

Psalm 100:5

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

 

Matthew 5:43-45  

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven.

 

Matthew 22:37–39

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’


Mark 12:28-30  

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”  “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

 

1 John 3:16 & 18

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

 

1 Corinthians 13:1-3

 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 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 13:4–8

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

 

1 Corinthians 13:13

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.


Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her


Romans 5:8 

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 

Romans 8:38-39

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Romans 13:8  

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.

 

Philippians 2:2 

then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.

 

John 3:16  

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

 

John 15:13

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

 

John 14:21-24 

Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”  22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”  23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

 

John 15:14-17 

You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

 

1 Peter 1:22

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.

 

1 Peter 4:8

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

 

1 John 3:1  

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

 

1 John 3:16
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

 

1 John 3:18 

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

 

1 John 4:7  

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

 

1 John 4:8
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

 

1 John 4:16

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

 

1 John 4:18-19

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.  19 We love because he first loved us.