How great is the love of God? Does it say "God is love" in the Bible? What is the meaning of God's love? These are essential questions you might be asking yourself and we're here to help provide some insight on Bible verses that get to the meaning of God's love.
Let’s start with the scripture that provides its foundation, 1 John 4:7-10 (NIV):
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
God made the ultimate sacrifice: sending His son to die so we don’t have to. With that act alone, God shows us what love looks like…God’s love is sacrificial. In turn, the first letter of John goes on to say:
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 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 4:11-12 (NIV)
We, too, should share God’s love by loving exactly as He loves us: sacrificial love. Sharing His love and learning to love our neighbor with same patience, kindness and gentleness that God has with us.
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What is the meaning of God's love?
Deuteronomy 10: 12-13 (NIV)
And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?
Because we are called to love like God loves, we are called to serve Him and His commandments. We give Him our heart and our lives because His love did the same for us.
John 3:16 (NIV)
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.
What better way to show that God is love by providing us the chance to spend eternity with Him? Christ’s sacrifice shows His love for us, His people and His desire to spend every moment with us.
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Galatians 2:20 (NIV)
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.
If God is love, then we can spread this love when assuming the same disposition as “Christ lives in me,” meaning that we show our neighbor the same sacrificial love God has for us.
Ephesians 2:4-6 (NIV)
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus
God is love, meaning that His love knows no bounds. “Rich in mercy” means that He forgives us every time we repent - there’s no limit to how many times we receive His forgiveness.
What is the Meaning of God's Love?
Romans 5:8 (NIV)
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Christ made the ultimate sacrifice for us. Giving of oneself fully and completely, like Christ did on the cross, is the exact same as what agape’s unconditional love means.
1 Chronicles 16:34 (NIV)
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
God is never-ending – He exceeds all time. When we say “His love endures forever,” that’s a vastness we cannot even begin to comprehend.
Isaiah 54:10 (NIV)
'The mountains may shift, and the hills may be shaken, but my faithful love won’t shift from you, and my covenant of peace won’t be shaken,’ says the Lord, the one who pities you.
No matter what season of life we may be going through, no matter what struggle or challenge we face, God is always there for us. His love, mercy and grace are unconditional.
Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Every morning, God’s love for us is renewed. We can take comfort in knowing that God desires us exactly how we are - it never fluctuates.
John 13:34-35 (NIV)
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Discipleship of Jesus requires us loving every neighbor. When we welcome the love of God into our hearts, we’re able to love others with that same heart.
We pray that these Bible verses give you comfort, wisdom and a greater understanding of what God is love scripture means and where to find it. Be comforted in knowing God’s love is always there for you.
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