Meaning of Love in Bible
The English word “love” has many different meanings and implications. It is commonly interpreted in the terms of affection, benevolence, passion, strong liking, romance, intimacy and sexual or physical attraction.
Biblical implication of the true meaning of love is in the essence of God itself such that Bible says,
“God is love”.
Love Described in The Old Testament
The Hebrew word “aheb”, has been commonly used in the Old Testament for love and has similar annotations.
Love Described in The New Testament
The Greek language (the language of the New Testament) uses two different words to describe and define love; “Agape” and “Philio”.
4 Different Kinds of Love in Bible
It is the Greek word for sensual love. It is derived from classical Greek myth & legend and depicts the god of love, son of Aphrodite with the Roman counterpart Cupid.
In Bible, Eros refers to intimate love between two people for life and refers to both the physical act of love as well in addition to having a spiritual connection.
Storge also known as familial love, is the Greek word for natural and instinctive affection for parental love. Though this Greek word for family love is not commonly found in Scripture, examples of it are depicted in the Bible.
Philia means friendship in Modern Greek and refers to dispassionate virtuous love, a concept originated by Aristotle. It includes loyalty and fondness for friends, family, and community, and requires virtue.
Agape is the highest form of love amongst the four types of love in the Bible. Jesus Christ showed this kind of divine love to his Father and to all humanity and has professed all human beings to show “agape” towards each other.
Verses of Love from the Bible
Following is a collection of love verses from Bible, assorted by size and type to use in love cards, messages and letters.
One Liner Love Verses from Bible
Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.
Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.
A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Song of Solomon 1:2
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth— for your love is more delightful than wine.
Song of Solomon 2:16
My lover is mine, and I am his.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Short Love Verses from Bible
So Jacob worked seven years to pay for Rachel. But his love for her was so strong that it seemed to him but a few days.
A loving doe, a graceful deer—may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love.
Song of Solomon 4:10
How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice!
Song of Solomon 8:6
Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.
Song of Solomon 8:7
Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.
Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
There are three things that amaze me—
no, four things that I don’t understand:
how an eagle glides through the sky,
how a snake slithers on a rock,
how a ship navigates the ocean,
how a man loves a woman
Long Love Verses from Bible
But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 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.
Song of Solomon 8:4-8
Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires. Who is this coming up from the desert leaning on her lover? Under the apple tree I roused you; there your mother conceived you, there she who was in labor gave you birth. Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned. We have a young sister, and her breasts are not yet grown. What shall we do for our sister for the day she is spoken for?
For everything there is an appointed time, even a time for every affair under the heavens: a time for birth and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot what was planted; a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to break down and a time to build; a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to wail and a time to skip about; a time to throw stones away and a time to bring stones together; a time to embrace and a time to keep away from embracing; a time to seek and a time to give up as lost; a time to keep and a time to throw away; a time to rip apart and a time to sew together; a time to keep quiet and a time to speak; a time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace. What advantage is there for the doer in what he is working hard at?