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What Does the Bible Teach About Love? Bible verses and explanations

There have always been many errors around the meaning of love. Perhaps the biggest mistake is that many people believe that love means always being nice and kind to everyone. People these days are taught that love means simply tolerating and letting go of anything. But anyone who has ever thoroughly studied the Bible should quickly have noticed that love is by no means simply equated with kindness and excessive tolerance. Love can be nice, but often it isn't. Why this is so is explained in detail in this text on the basis of love Bible verses.

Since Jesus Christ taught us that we should love both God and our neighbor, it should be of paramount importance for every believer to get a correct understanding of love and to know how to apply it.

And one of them, a scribe, tried him and said, Master, what is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus said to him: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." That is the first and greatest commandment. But another thing is equal to him: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments. (Matthew 22: 35-40)

Let love be unfeigned! Hate evil, cling to good! In brotherly love be cordial to one another, in deference one precedes the other! Do not let up in diligence, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord! Rejoice in hope, endure in tribulation, persevere in prayer! Take part in the needs of the saints, make sure of hospitality! (Romans 12: 9-13)

Love means sacrifice

Love is the willingness to do everything possible to ensure that someone else is well. This means acting selflessly and placing the welfare of others above your own, which often includes the sacrifice of your own will or your own well-being. Just as Jesus Christ set an example for us. The Bible says about it:

For I came down from heaven not to do my will, but the will of him who sent me. (John 6:38)

And he went forward a little, threw himself on his face, prayed, and said, My father! If it is possible, this cup will pass me by; but not as I want, but as you want! (Matthew 26:39)

Nobody has greater love than giving up his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

If a billionaire donates € 1,000,000, it may be a large sum, but in the end it didn't cost him much because he lives in abundance without it. But if someone only owns 10 € and donates it, then he has done more than the billionaire. € 10 is much less than € 1,000,000, but a good deed is not measured by obvious things, but by the attitude of the heart. The person who donated € 10 was ready to sacrifice everything they had without thinking about themselves. In the Bible we find the example of the poor widow:

And Jesus sat down across from the box and watched the people put money in the box. And many rich put in a lot. And there came a poor widow who put in two mites, that's a penny. And he called his disciples over and said to them, Truly I say to you, this poor widow has put more into the box than all those who have put it in. For all have lodged from their abundance; But she put in everything she had from her poverty, all of her livelihood. (Mark 12: 41-44)

Love doesn't ask for anything back

Another important quality of love is absolute unconditionality. If someone does something for someone else, he should do it without hoping for anything from it. If someone does good only when his conditions are met or he benefits from it in some other way, that person is not acting out of love, but for an end in itself. Love that is conditional is not love. Such an act is of no value in God's eyes (cf. Luke 6: 27-35 below).

For when we were weak, Christ died at the right time for the wicked. Hardly anyone dies for a righteous man; for a benefactor, someone may choose to die. But God proves his love for us with the fact that Christ died for us when we were still sinners. (Romans 5: 6-8)

Love is not about yourself

A detailed description of love can be found in chapter 1 Corinthians 13 of the Bible. Here it is described in detail that love acts selflessly and is not concerned with its own good. In the end, love has absolutely nothing to do with yourself, but only with the desire to do good to someone else. Because love is not a give and take, as many people nowadays mistakenly assume. Love is ONLY giving. Love is never about yourself. See for yourself how this well-known Bible verse explains love:

Love is long-suffering and kind, love does not envy, it does not boast, it does not puff itself up; she is not indecent, she does not seek her own, she does not allow herself to be embittered, she does not attribute evil; she does not rejoice in injustice, but she rejoices in the truth; she endures everything, she believes everything, she hopes everything, she tolerates everything. (1 Corinthians 13: 4-7)

When you truly love someone, you don't care if you get anything in return. If someone asks something back, they haven't done anything. We should love even those who hate us or treat us badly. Someone who divorced their spouse simply because they treated them badly has never really loved their partner. As the Bible tells us, Jesus was even crucified for his love for God.

But to you who listen, I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you; bless those who curse you and pray for those who offend you! Offer up the other to him who hits you on the cheek, and do not refuse the skirt to whoever takes your coat. Give to anyone who asks, and do not ask back from whoever takes yours. And as you want people to do to you, you also do to them in the same way.

And if you love those who love you, what kind of grace do you have? Because sinners also love their lovers. And if you do good to your benefactors, what kind of grace do you have? For sinners also do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive again, what kind of grace do you have? For sinners also lend to sinners in order to receive the same thing again. Rather, love your enemies and do good and lend without hoping for anything in return; then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. (Luke 6: 27-35)

The Old Testament shows us that love can also be hard

The greatest proof that love can be harsh can be found in the Old Testament of the Bible. To many people the God described there seems to be downright cruel. Most of them will have probably heard of the Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, or the Exodus. Even if these stories may sound harsh, one must not forget that God has always acted out of love. The following Bible verse shows that God is light and that there is no darkness in Him:

And that is the message that we have heard from him and that we tell you that God is light and that there is no darkness in him. (1 John 1: 5)

God sent the flood over the world to stamp out the bad and sinful people from the earth. He only let Noah and his descendants survive because Noah was subordinate to God's will. Everyone can probably imagine what would have happened if God hadn't done that. Sinful people had brought more and more sinful children into the world who had led a miserable life as slaves of evil. At the end of their limited, painful life they would all have died and not entered eternal life. In the worst case, they might even have prevented other people from receiving eternal life. The following Bible verses provide information.

Do not be misled: bad societies spoil good morals. (1 Corinthians 15:33)

But bad people and deceivers will do worse and worse as they are seduced and seduced. (2 Timothy 3:13)

According to the Bible, God had cracked down on the Israelites in the desert too. He gave them rules and laws to obey. And with some laws that were particularly important, God announced that those who do not obey them should be stamped out. God did this out of love, too. This approach had several purposes. Because everyone knew that they would have to die if they broke that law, hardly anyone dared to break it anymore. Second, by doing this, God kept His people from being corrupted from within. Because people who do bad things tend to seduce other people into bad things too. With God's strict action, this danger has been greatly reduced. Ultimately, He just wanted to give people a beautiful and fulfilling life in close communion with Him. But this was only possible if they also adhered to his statutes. The following Bible verse shows God's severity:

But if a soul does something out of sacrilege - be it a native or a stranger - it blasphemes the Lord; such a soul shall be cut off from among its people; for she has despised the word of the Lord and broken his commandment; such a soul must absolutely be exterminated; her guilt remains upon her! (Numbers 15: 30-31)

Love also means rebuke

If someone has a child who loves to eat sweets, is that person acting out of love if they just let it happen? Of course not. Parents who did not prevent their child from eating too much unhealthy things, like sweets, would be doing their child a disservice. Even if the child may not understand it at this moment and may find it nasty or bad, it is still right to prevent it. In this case, love would show itself through rebuke, even if the child sees it completely differently. And so it is with many things that God teaches us. A disobedient child who harms himself must definitely be stopped and induced to cease. The Bible speaks of the importance of correction several times. Read for yourself how the following verses bring love to correction:

My son, do not curse the Lord's chastisement and do not let his punishment annoy you; for whom the Lord loves he disciplines, as a father disciplines a son whom he wills well. Happy to the person who finds wisdom, to the person who gets understanding! (Proverbs 3: 11-13)

You should not hate your brother in your heart, but rebuke your neighbor so that you do not have to bear his fault. (Leviticus 19:17)

If I say to the wicked: "You, wicked, shall die of death!" And you do not tell him to warn him of his wicked way, the wicked will die for the sake of his iniquity; but I will demand his blood from your hand. But if you warn the wicked before his walk that he turns away from it, but he will not turn away from his walk, then he will die for his sin, but you have saved your soul. (Ezekiel 33: 8-9)

So we are now ambassadors on behalf of Christ, in such a way that God himself admonishes through us; so we ask now on behalf of Christ: Be reconciled to God! (2 Corinthians 5:20)

Therefore exhort one another and build up one another, just as you do. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

We proclaim this by exhorting every person and teaching every person in all wisdom in order to present every person perfectly in Christ, for which I also work and strive for the effectiveness of him who works in me in power. (Colossians 1: 28-29)

Love doesn't mean just letting everything go through. It is also often expressed in reproof. Jesus certainly did not always tolerate everything. Even if many would like to believe that today. When the merchants defiled the holy temple of God with their greed, he chased them out of the temple with violence and whips (cf. Bible passages Matthew 21: 12-13, John 2: 13-16). This is certainly not a gesture that would be considered loving today. And yet it was an act of love towards his God and Father.

Jesus also taught us that we must be willing to leave our family and friends behind for him. But many would claim that it would be contrary to love to simply turn your back on your family or friends and break off contact with them. Jesus did not even allow his followers to say goodbye to their families or to bury deceased relatives. These are all things that people today would find nasty and cold-hearted precisely because they don't have a real understanding of love. However, the following Bible verses are very clear.

Another said, Lord, I will follow you, but first allow me to say goodbye to those who are in my house. But Jesus said to him, Anyone who puts his hand on the plow and looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God! (Luke 9: 61-62)

Another of his disciples said to him, Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said to him, Follow me and let the dead bury their dead. (Matthew 8: 21-22)

Love for God is expressed in obedience

The love for God is not revealed by going to church every Sunday and singing pious songs there or by repeatedly asserting how much one loves God or Jesus, but through obedience to his word and commandments. Jesus himself said that it is not enough to call him “Lord”, but that he only confesses to those who obey his words. Read for yourself in the following verses of the Bible.

It is whoever has my commandments and keeps them who loves me; but whoever loves me will be loved by my father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him. (John 14:21)

Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does the will of my Heavenly Father. Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and cast out demons in your name and perform many miracles in your name? And then I will testify to them: I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers! (Matthew 7: 21-23)

This is how we know that we love God's children when we love God and obey His commandments. Because that is the love of God, that we keep his commandments, and his commandments are not difficult. (1 John 5: 2-3)

An example of this can also be found in the Old Testament of the Bible. There God asked Abraham to offer his son as an offering for Him. Ultimately, however, God stopped Abraham from actually killing his son. Because He just wanted to see whether Abraham would have been ready to do anything for God and whether he truly trusted Him. By willing to sacrifice his own child for God, Abraham demonstrated his infinite love for God. From these things you can easily see that love does not always have to do with nice things and you have to be prepared to make sacrifices and leave your self behind. Because, in the end, love is often the opposite of what people consider “dear” today, as we can see from the following verses of the Bible.

Was not Abraham our father righteous by works by sacrificing his son Isaac on the altar? There you see that faith has worked with his works, and through works faith has become perfect; And the scripture is fulfilled, which says: "Abraham believed God, and that was counted to him as righteousness," and he was called a friend of God. So now you see that man is righteous by works, not by faith alone. (James 2: 21-24)

Jesus even went so far as to reject his own will and to be crucified for the love of God. And that even though he knew what pain and suffering he would face. Ultimately, the greatest evidence of love for God is to give up your own life and follow Him. The Bible says:

And he went forward a little, threw himself on his face, prayed, and said, My father! If it is possible, this cup will pass me by; but not as I want, but as you want! (Matthew 26:39)

But so that the world can recognize that I love the Father and so do as the Father has commanded me, get up and let us go! (John 14:31)

Because whoever wants to preserve his life will lose it; But whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 16:25)

Nobody has greater love than giving up his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

Love does not act of its own accord

Often times, the problem with implementing love is that people just don't know what is best for someone else. Therefore, they usually act at their own discretion. But to act at one's own discretion is in turn contrary to love. Because if you do an act out of charity, you don't do it for yourself, but for your counterpart. There is no value in not acting out of love, as the following love Bible verse shows.

If I speak with the tongues of men and angels, but have no love, then I am a resounding ore or a ringing bell. And if I can prophesy and know all secrets and have all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so that I move mountains but have no love, then I am nothing. And if I distribute all my belongings and give my body to be burned, but have no love, it is of no use to me! (1 Cotinthians 13: 1-3)

For example, it would not be an act of love to give a beggar money and tell him that he can only buy certain things from it. As already mentioned before, this act would not be selfless, but rather stubborn, since one wants to determine what the beggar does with the money.

Only those who obey God's will always act out of love

Another problem is that you just don't know who to give money to, for example. And that is exactly why one should always obey God's will. Because often well-intentioned help is followed by bad things that you might not even have in mind. Even Jesus said that he was not good himself and only acted according to the will of the Father who sent him, as these Bible verses confirm.

And as he was walking out on the road, one of them ran up, fell on his knees in front of him and asked him: Good master, what should I do to inherit eternal life? But Jesus said to him, What do you call me good? Nobody is good but God alone! (Mark 10: 17-18)

I can't do anything of myself. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just; for I am not looking for my will, but the will of him who sent me. (John 5:30)

Here's an example: if someone likes a certain type of chocolates, they may think that their friend would like those chocolates too. Then he goes and gives this friend these chocolates. But maybe his friend doesn't like these chocolates at all. Worse still: Perhaps the friend could also have a peanut allergy and end up in the hospital because of the peanuts in the praline. This is just a small example and the consequences of well-intentioned things could be much more serious than a peanut allergy. A person's judgment is not enough to really do good. Those who only act at their own discretion will hardly be able to do someone good or even actually help someone. Only those who always obey God's will always act out of love.

If someone says: I love God and hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love his brother whom he sees cannot love God whom he does not see! (1 John 4:20)

That is why the Spirit of God was sent to us as a helper to guide us. Because it is not we humans who determine what is good and we cannot even know that, but God alone is good and can also really do something that is really good. Just as parents often know what is good for their children, God knows best what is good for each and every person. That is why a person can only always act out of love if he always adheres to God's will.

For thus saith the Lord: My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways; but as high as heaven is above earth, my ways are so much higher than your ways and my thoughts as your thoughts. (Isaiah 55: 8-9)

Closing word

God also sometimes deliberately sends His children into difficult situations that they might prefer to have been spared. But God does that too, as most of you know, but only out of love. He just wants to help us to get better and stronger and to grow closer to Him. So love is not necessarily always the fulfillment of what we think we want. Just because we don't understand or understand something doesn't mean it doesn't happen out of love. If we really want to understand and live out love, we have to follow our example from our Creator and become imitators in the spirit, just as the Bible teaches us.

Beloved, let's love one another! Because love is from God, and whoever loves was born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God; because God is love. (1 John 4: 7)

And we have recognized and believed the love that God has for us; God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him. (1 John 4:16)

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