through His Word
by Katy Kauffman
It would be so helpful if the Bible simply stated: Love is …
But it doesn’t.
Understanding God’s love is a journey. Through Scripture and in everyday life. While the Bible may not define love like a dictionary, it’s the perfect manual to understand the love of God and to share it with others. The Bible is our road map for navigating this world with its harsh realities and darkness, with the light of God’s love and truth.
Love penetrates darkness, softens hard hearts, and lets us grasp the essence of our Creator. Love is precious. Love is strong. Love in its purest form is who God is. Love is. And when we allow love to warm our hearts and mold our character, we will fulfill life’s ultimate purpose—to love God with our whole selves and to love others as He loves us.
So just how does the Bible define love? It’s in a thousand verses and dozens of stories. It’s portrayed, described, and exemplified. In this series, we are giving meaningful, practical verses on topics like strength, forgiveness, and love—verses that you could hang on the door posts of your house or write on a card to sit on your desk. So I’ve hunted for verses that best show the depth, quality, and purpose of God’s unconditional love. As we draw closer to Him and follow Him more fully, these verses will become a reality in our lives.
Love is what God wants most.
“’'And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment.” Mark 12:30 NKJV*
Love is God’s blueprint for how to build relationships and treat other people.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” John 13:34
Love is God’s way of relating to us, treasuring us, and staying committed to us as a husband is committed to his wife.
“I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in lovingkindness and mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you shall know the LORD.” Hosea 2:19-20
Love is how Jesus keeps our souls safe, gives us joy, demonstrates that we are His friends, strengthens us to do His will, and shows the world that we belong to Him.
“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.” John 15:9
Love is the essence of the nature of God and His children.
“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” 1 John 4:8
Love is sincere, free of what harms and destroys, and breathtakingly good.
“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.” Romans 12:9
Love is the power that overcomes human nature’s selfishness so that longsuffering, humility, kindness, encouragement, endurance, faith, and hope become the norm.
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
Love is why God sent His only Son to earth to live a perfect life and die an agonizing death in the place of sinful people.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Love is what motivates God to design amazing adventures for His children and to give them the best He has to give.
“But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
We are …
Having looked at these verses, I love love even more. Love is the super power that transforms lives and restores hearts. It’s the balm that cures, the weapon that overcomes, and the gift that satisfies.
As children of God, we are His ambassadors of love to the world. Since we are so greatly loved, let’s share with those around us how much they are loved by God. In our thoughts, words, actions, and prayers, let’s demonstrate and define the love that describes God’s heart and shows people who He is. God is love.
That’s what love is.
*All Scripture verses are NKJV.
© Copyright 2016 by Katy Kauffman
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