Good Communication: What The Bible Says About Love
“The greatest need in the world today is love…more love for each other and more love for God above!” This quote by Helen Steiner Rice is so true about our times. I hear the word hate more than love, and even when I hear the word love I am not sure if the love is true. Jesus commanded us to love one another, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12-13. Much of the Bible is dedicated to expressing God’s love for us, as well as teaching us to love one another.
By keeping the command to love one another and God you are in a sense keeping the other commandments. If you love one another, you will not covet, kill, lie, steal, dishonor or commit adultery. If you love God, you will not have gods other than Him, you will honor the Sabbath, you will not make idols and you will not take God’s name in vain. This is why love is the greatest commandment of all. “The entire law is summed up in a single command: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14.
Love For Others:
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13.
“This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.” 1 John 3:11.
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who love his fellowman has fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8.
“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and in depth of insight.” Philippians 1:9.
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:11.
From these verses we can see the beauty of love, the rewards of it, and why we should love. In 1 Corinthians, love is said to be greater than hope and faith. In Romans we are told never to repay the debt of love, but to let it continue forever. And the last verse, 1 John 4:11, is one of my favorite verses, as it is humbling and uplifting at the same time. We are to love one another, but it is because God loves us and loved us first! We a thought – knowing that we are loved by God! We should share that love.
Love For God:
“But the man who loves God is known by God.” 1 Corinthians 8:3.
“The Lord watches over all who love Him.” Psalm 145:20.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.” John 15:9.
“Whoever has my commandments and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” John 14:21.
“I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.” Proverbs 8:17.
Putting these verses together to make a whole shows us the glory of loving God! For one, when we love Him, we are made known to Him and he “watches over all who love Him.” To show our love to God we are to follow His commandments, which can be followed by loving Him and loving others.
God’s Love For Us:
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God!” 1 John 3:1.
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10
“For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39.
“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” Romans 5:5.
There is nothing greater than knowing that we are loved by God. “Love has it’s source in God, for love is the very essence of His being,” Kay Arthur. Without God, there is no love. Look at how He proved His love for us, He sent His Son to die for us, so we could have eternal life with Him!
With love, we can’t go wrong. By loving God and each other we not only receive rewards from God, but at the same time we keep His commandments. We see why we are supposed to love one another – because God loved us first, though not one of us deserved it. We also see how wonderful and awesome God’s love is for us, how he lavishes it upon us and pour it into us. Now, as we go out into the world, “let us not love with words or tongue, but in actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:18.