Bible verses about loving each other

Bible verses about loving each other by The Faith Notebook

Love is an inherent part of the Christian faith. After all, Jesus died for us out of love. Not because we deserved it, but because of God’s love for us (Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2:4–5). God loves us (1 John 3:16), and God IS love (1 John 4:8). Because of this, we also love (1 John 4:7–8).

As Christians, we’re not only expected to love each other, but we are commanded to. We’re meant to show each other love, like God shows us love. There’s definitely no shortage of mentions in the Bible about loving each other, and here are the some of the most important verses.

We’re commanded to love each other

  • A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. — John 13:34 (NIV)

    Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” — Mark 12:30–31 (NIV)

  • And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. — 1 John 3:23 (NIV)

  • “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” — John 15:9–12 (NIV)

  • Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them. — 1 John 2:9–11 (NIV)

  • Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. — Ephesians 4:2 (NIV)

  • Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. — 1 Peter 4:8 (NIV)

  • Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. — Romans 13:8 (NIV)

If we claim to know and love God, we must love each other

  • Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. — 1 John 4:20–21 (NIV)

Love comes from God

  • Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. — 1 John 4:7–8 (NIV)

We love because God loves us and God is love

  • Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 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 4:7–12 (NIV)

  • We love because he first loved us. — 1 John 4:19 (NIV)

Love is sacrificial

  • Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. — John 15:13 (NIV)

  • Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. — Ephesians 5:1–2 (NIV)

Love is good

  • 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. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. — 1 Corinthians 13:4–8 (NIV)

  • Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. — Romans 12:9 (NIV)

Love never fails

  • 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. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. — 1 Corinthians 13:28 (NIV)

We need to devote ourselves to each other

  • Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. — Romans 12:10 (NIV)

Love your enemies

  • But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
    “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. — Luke 6:27–32 (NIV)

  • But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. — Luke 6:35 (NIV)

Bible verses about loving each other by The Faith Notebook, Luke 6:27–28

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