15 Moving Bible Verses About Loving Others
Published Sept 29, 2020
Jesus himself said that the two greatest commandments are to love God with all your heart and to love your neighbor as you love yourself. Indeed, if we summarize the ten commandments, it all boils down to love – for God and for others. For this post, we’ll focus on the latter.
When we hear the word love, we tend to think about the romantic kind. But love, especially love for others, comes in all forms and varying degrees. It shows in how we care for our children, respect our parents, and look out for our neighbors and strangers. It’s the reason why charity exists and why some people are willing to devote their lives to the service of others. If you think about it, love is essentially the thread that holds our society together.
From the Old to the New Testament, the bible is brimming with verses about love and loving others. Here are some of them:
- Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-5
This, perhaps, is one of the most famous verses about love. It’s often recited at weddings to remind the couple about how they should love one another. But it applies to every other kind of love and how we should love one another.
- 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 4:16
If we want to have God in our lives, we must live with love in our hearts.
- My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. – John 15:12
God gave us unconditional love when he gave up his only son so we can be saved. And he wants us to show the same kind of unconditional love to other people.
- 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
God may not be with us physically but he shows his love for us through others. In the same way, we too can be an instrument so other people can feel his love.
- Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. – Ephesians 4:32
Kindness, compassion, and forgiveness are just some of the ways we can show our love for our fellows.
- Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. – Romans 13:8
The law of God and the law of man all boils down to one thing: loving one another. If we can only do that, then we would fulfill both.
- Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. – Philippians 2:3
The true mark of love is the willingness to put the welfare of others before your own.
- “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy’. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. – Matthew 5:43-48
To love one’s enemy is easier said than done. I mean, how do you love someone you hate? Especially when that person has committed such great atrocity towards you? But remember that love keeps no record of wrongs. When you love someone, you’d be willing to forgive them. This is what Jesus is trying to teach us about loving others. Anybody can love their friends and neighbors. But it takes great courage to forgive and pray for your enemies.
- By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another. – John 13:35
Jesus’ ministry has always been about loving one another. Thus, being able to love others, whoever they may be, is the mark of a true Christian.
- Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers all wrongs. – Proverbs 10:12
If we spread hatred, we’ll only sow conflict. Thus, at all times, spread love and peace will follow.
- We loved because he first loved us. – 1 John 4:19
God loves us despite our imperfections. So there’s no reason why we shouldn’t love one another.
- For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ” You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Galatians 5:14
They say that self-love is the most powerful kind of love. And it is that kind of love we should also give our neighbors.
- Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. – Romans 12: 9-10
If you love genuinely, evil will have no place in your heart. It’ll be easier to treat everyone like real brothers and sisters.
- So then, let us stop judging one another. Instead, you should decide never to do anything that would make others stumble or fall into sin. – Romans 14:13
To love is to accept a person as he/she is. So instead of judging others for the choices they made, help them make the right ones so they can get back on their feet once more.
- I, your Lord and Teacher, have just washed your feet. You, then, should wash one another’s feet. – John 13:14
Washing someone’s feet symbolizes humbling yourself before someone and serving them. This is the kind of love Jesus wants us to show one another – a love humble enough to serve even those at the fringes of society.
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