42 Powerful Bible Verses about True Love

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God’s love letter for us is found in the Bible. It comprises love within the union of man and woman, loving our enemies, and showing love towards other people the way God does.

Yes, everyone has his/her version of what true love is. But God’s love, also known as agape love, is concealed in the Scriptures. Here are some of the powerful verses about true love in the Bible.

Bible verses about true love


1. “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” – 1 John 4:8 ESV

2. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 ESV

3. “Let all that you do be done in love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:14 NASB

4. “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13 ESV

5. “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” –Romans 8:38-39 NASB

6. “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not because it knew him not.” – 1 John 3:1 KJV

7. “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” – 1 Peter 4:8 ESV

8. “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” – 1 John 3:16 ESV

9. “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love.” – Ephesians 4:2 KJV

10. “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” – 1 John 4:10 NASB

11. “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.” – Luke 6:27 ESV

12. “Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” – 1 John 3:18 NASB

13. “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” – Romans 12:9 KJV

14. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13 KJV

15. “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” – Proverbs 17:17 NASB

16. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” – 1 John 4:18 ESV

17. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” – 1 John 4:7 NASB

18. “We love him, because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19 KJV

19. “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8 ESV

20. “Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.” – 1 Peter 4:8 NASB

21. And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” – Luke 10:27 NASB

22. “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice on wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV

23. “By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.” – 1 John 4:16 NASB

24. “Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” – Romans 13:10 NASB

25. “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful.” – Luke 6:35 ESV

26. “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all transgressions.” – Proverbs 10:12 NASB

27. “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.” – 1 John 4:9 ESV

28. “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” – Romans 13:8 ESV

29. “Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,” – 1 Peter 1:22 NASB

30. “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” – Matthew 6:24 NASB

31. “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” – Psalms 86:15 ESV

32. “However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” – Ephesians 5:33 ESV

33. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” – Ephesians 5:25 KJV

34. “And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, I am nothing.” – 1 Corinthians 13:3 NASB

35. “Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.” – Colossians 3:14 NASB

36. “Now therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.” – Deuteronomy 7:9 ESV

37. “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” – 1 John 4:11 KJV

38. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.” – Matthew 22: 35-38 ESV

39. “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing, you will heap burning coals on his head.” – Romans 12:20 NASB

40. “Now Jacob loved Rachel, so he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than to give her to another man; stay with me. So Jacob served seven years for Rachel and they seemed to him but a few days because of his love for her.” – Genesis 29:18-20 NASB

41. “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” – 1 John 2:15 ESV

42. “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.” – Romans 12:9 ESV


True Love in the Bible

True love is far beyond a romantic relationship between two people. Do not just base it on feelings because the Bible describes this love as an action. It is sacred, dependable, and never-ending.

So, if you are looking for a perfect kind of love, go to the Bible as an ultimate source. May this list of verses help you demonstrate unconditional love towards God and His people.

Also read: God’s Love vs Human Love: 13 Differences You Should Know

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