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What Does The Bible Say About Love?
Love is a universal emotion that is often expressed in many ways. It is often seen as one of the most powerful feelings in the human experience, which is why it is depicted so often in literature and art. The Bible is no exception, being a source of wisdom and guidance in many aspects of life, including love. In the Bible, love is described as a type of self-sacrificing action towards another. It is more than just a feeling, but an action that requires us to make the conscious decision to put others first, even if it means making sacrifices ourselves.
The Bible tells us that God is love, setting the ultimate example of how we should love others. 1 John 4:7-8 states, “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” This passage explains that our ability to love is a part of us because it is the way of God. We are called to treat others the way that God treats us, which is with unconditional and sacrificial love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 further explains what this type of love looks like:
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
The Bible offers many examples of love in action. One of the most famous examples of self-sacrificial love is Jesus’ death on the cross for mankind. He gave up his own life for those he loved, despite knowing the consequences. This act of love not only showed us how much God loves us, but also that love sometimes requires sacrifice for the greater good. Another example is Jesus’ commands to his disciples to love one another as he loved them. This is seen in John 15:12-13, when Jesus says, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
The Bible also speaks on different forms of love. It is clear that God’s love is the ultimate example of love, but that does not mean all other forms of love are not valid. 1 Corinthians 13:13 states, “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” This passage acknowledges that love is the most important of the three virtues, yet faith and hope are also important. The Bible also speaks of familial love, saying that “honor your father and mother” is one of the Ten Commandments. Finally, the Bible acknowledges the importance of romantic love, citing several examples of marriage and emphasizing the importance of upholding marriage vows.
The Bible gives us many examples of love and its various forms, from self-sacrificial love to familial and romantic love. As Christians, it is our duty to adhere to the principles of love given to us by God and shown through the lives of Jesus and other Biblical figures. By doing this, we can fully experience the beauty of love, and use it to bring joy, comfort, and peace to the lives of those around us.