In the Bible a relationship of self-giving. In the OT, the term can have a wide range of meaning, including love between the sexes (Gen 24:67; Gen 29:20), within a family (Gen 22:2; Gen 25:28; Ruth 4:15); among friends (Ps 38:12; Jer 20:4-6), and between superior and inferior or slave and master (Deut 15:16). Especially significant is the command that Israelites are to love God (Deut 6:4-6), their neighbors, that is, fellow Israelites (Lev 19:18), and also foreigners or strangers (Lev 19:34). God is the source of love, and the depth of God’s compassionate love is manifested throughout the OT (Deut 7:12-13), but may come to fullest expressions in the prophetic writings of Hosea, Jeremiah, and Isaiah (see, e.g., Hos 11:1, Hos 11:8-9). In the NT, love of God and neighbor are specified as the greatest of God’s commandments (Mark 12:28-34; Matt 22:34-40; Luke 20:39-40), and the concept of “neighbor love” is augmented to include love for enemies (Matt 5:44). The Gospel and Letters of John emphasize that God’s love for the world motivated the sending of Christ for human salvation (John 3:16) and that for believers to “love one another” is the primary expectation of Christian community (John 14:15; John 14:21; John 14:23; John 14:24; John 15:9; John 15:12; John 15:17; 1John 2:7; 1John 3:23; 2John 1:6). Paul writes poetically of love in (1Cor 13), describing it as the greatest of God’s gifts. Love becomes the primary term for describing the result of faith for both the believer and the community in Christ (Rom 5:5; Rom 5:8; 2Cor 2:4).
67Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent. He took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother's dea ... View more
20So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.
2He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that ... View more
28Isaac loved Esau, because he was fond of game; but Rebekah loved Jacob.
15He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has borne h ... View more
12Those who seek my life lay their snares;
those who seek to hurt me speak of ruin,
and meditate treachery all day long.
4For thus says the Lord: I am making you a terror to yourself and to all your friends; and they shall fall by the sword of their enemies while you look on. And ... View more
16But if he says to you, “I will not go out from you,” because he loves you and your household, since he is well off with you,
4Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.5You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.6Kee ... View more
18You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
34The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am ... View more
Blessings for Obedience
12If you heed these ordinances, by diligently observing them, the Lord your God will maintain with you the covenant loyalty that he swor ... View more
God's Compassion Despite Israel's Ingratitude
1When Israel was a child, I loved him,
and out of Egypt I called my son.
8How can I give you up, Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, O Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
How can I treat you like Zeboiim?
My heart recoils within me; ... View more
The First Commandment
28One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which comm ... View more
The Greatest Commandment
34When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together,35and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question ... View more
39Then some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.”40For they no longer dared to ask him another question.
44But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
The Promise of the Holy Spirit
15“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
21They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to ... View more
23Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
24Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.
9As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.
12“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
17I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.
A New Commandment
7Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word th ... View more
23And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.
6And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment just as you have heard it from the beginning—you must walk in it.
The Gift of Love
1If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.2And if I have prophetic powe ... View more
5and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
8But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.
4For I wrote you out of much distress and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain, but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you ... View more