Valentine’s Day is a well-known holiday where we celebrate love. More specifically, the day seems to emphasize romantic love. Because of this, Valentine’s Day brings up varying emotions for people depending on their circumstances.
You might be single or divorced — so the day doesn’t bring up too many positive emotions. Instead, you’re feeling lonely.
For others in a happy and healthy relationship or marriage, the day brings up positive emotions that make you feel good inside. So, you’re feeling joyful.
Regardless of your situation, I believe you can still participate in the holiday because of the love we possess among family members, the body of Christ, and most importantly, God.
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Bible Verses About Love for Valentine’s Day
Here are Bible verses about love for you to ponder this Valentine’s Day.
Bible Verses About Romantic Love
For those of you who are in a relationship, surprisingly, there are several scriptures about romantic love.
“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. Love never fails,” (1 Corinthians 13:4–8 NIV).
When you look at a list like this, it can be overwhelming. It’s hard to love like this — we’re imperfect. Only God can love us like this. But this is the standard for love and we should all strive to love like God.
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love,” (1 John 4:18 ESV).
Have you ever been in a relationship with someone who you’re afraid to be around? You feel unsafe and fearful. That’s not love. Love has nothing to do with fear.
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,” (Ephesians 5:25 ESV).
This is a command given in the New Testament to husbands. Husbands are supposed to love their wives the same way God loved us when laid down His life for us.
“You have captivated my heart, my sister, my bride; you have captured my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklaces,” (Song of Solomon 4:9 ESV).
The Song of Solomon is a book written by Solomon about his beloved. It’s very romantic and poetic in nature.
“Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses,” (Proverbs 10:12 ESV).
This is so true. This verse reminds me of Joseph & Mary. Joseph thought Mary had cheated on him because she was pregnant. Instead of seeking vengeance, he decided to quietly divorce her because he didn’t want to ruin her reputation (Matthew 1:19). Later on, he found out this child was a miracle from the Holy Spirit and she was going to give birth to the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
“Let all that you do be done in love,” (1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV).
This verse is pretty self-explanatory. To piggyback off the last verse, it’s better to choose love over hate. Choose to do the right thing.
“An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels,” (Proverbs 31:10 ESV).
I love Proverbs 31 — the passage describes a godly woman who has a lot going for her. As Christian women, we should all strive to be a Proverbs 31 woman.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil,” (Ecclesiastes 4:9 ESV).
This passage can relate to romantic love or friendship. We’re not meant to do this life alone! God created us for connection.
Bible Verses About God’s Love
For those of you who may not have a romantic relationship, you can rest easy in God’s love.
“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” (Romans 5:8 ESV).
God laid down his life for us — for His enemies. Yep, that’s right. We were enemies of God before believing in Jesus. Now we’re considered His friends. What a great blessing.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life,” (John 3:16 ESV).
This is another verse demonstrating God giving his Son to die on the cross. Jesus was perfect on earth and didn’t deserve to die, but took our deserved punishment upon Him. Now, we can be in communion with him and have eternal life.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 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 8:37–39 NIV).
God loves you. He loves you yesterday, today, and tomorrow. If you’ve trusted in Jesus, know that nothing will be able to separate you from His love — not even yourself.
Bible Verses About Loving the Body of Christ
In case you don’t know, the “body of Christ” is everyone who is a born-again Christian. When you become a Christian, you’re apart of this family.
“For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body,” (Ephesians 5:29–30 ESV).
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another,” (John 13:35 ESV).
As disciples of Jesus, we are commanded to love one another. True unconditional love is very rare. If others see we love each other, even when things aren’t right, they’ll know there’s something different about us.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you,” (John 15:12 ESV).
What a great feat. Jesus loved us by sacrificing himself and serving us when we didn’t (and never will) deserve it. He calls us to do the same for others.
“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality,” (Romans 12:10 ESV).
As Christians, we should seek to love each other as family. In this verse, the Apostle Paul outlines the different ways we can show love.
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity,” (Proverbs 17:17 ESV).
When you find godly friends, it’s a huge blessing. They won’t be perfect, but a true friend will stick by your side and do life with you.
Whether you’re single or married, I hope you’re encouraged by these Bible verses for Valentine’s Day. Be grateful for who you do have in your life. Reach out to them and let them know you love them.
Have an awesome Valentine’s Day!
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