Valentine's Day: What is Love?
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Valentine’s Day: What is Love?

Valentine's Day: What is Love?Valentine’s Day is a day we have been culturally predisposed to think about those in our lives that we love. Our first thought is to think about those who make our heart jump with joy: the loving husband, the sweet child, the caring parents, the supportive friend, the exciting crush.

But what about the people who have a cruel husband, rebellious children, narcissistic parents, self-centered friends, or no boyfriend and no prospects? Love does not look the same for these.

Our modern definition of love rarely lines up with what the Bible says is love. Today, I will leave you with a few Bible passages that define a pure and true love, love that endures all time, love that is far superior to the butterflies and heart palpitations that are fickle and unreliable.

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1 Corinthians 13:1-8a

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails;

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Luke 6:32-36

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

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Romans 12:10-21

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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Romans 13:10

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

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Ephesians 4:1-6

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.

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1 John 4:7-21

Valentine's Day: What is Love?Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us. If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.

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Ephesians 5:1-2

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

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Colossians 3:12-17

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

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John 3:16-17

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”

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Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

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Galatians 5:13-14

For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

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1 Peter 1:22-23

Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

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Matthew 5:43-48

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Click To Tweet

John 15:9-13

“Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.
“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”

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Biblical love is not always easy. It is sacrificial, it is long-suffering, it is enduring, but it is true love. Christ died for us. Nothing compare to His love. There is absolutely nothing like His perfect love. However, as Christians, the Holy Spirit has enabled us to love with a true love. Our love is not perfect but it is modeled after Christ’s love. As Christians, we are imitators of our Savior and the most important way to imitate Him is to love one another with a true, Biblical love.

Biblical love is not always easy. It is sacrificial, long-suffering, enduring; it is true love. Click To Tweet

As you celebrate this day of love, enjoy the exciting emotions that often accompany love. They are good and are to be enjoyed (withing the constraints of holiness). But also meditate on enduring love.

Valentine's Day: What is Love?

  • Sherry Thecharmofhome

    You never see that 1 Corinthians verse with the paragraph before it, when quoted do you. It puts things in a little better perspective. Yes biblical love is very different from the selfish love hyped in our modern media. Christ modeled it all, giving your life for another willing and with love. You just can’t outdo that. Great post with so many of the biblical verses of love.

  • Jodie Filogomo

    What a great example of how love is so evident!!
    I always say to my husband, “why can’t people just love each other”—it seems like the right thing to do!

  • Lots of great verses on love to meditate on!

  • Wonderful post on biblical love. Tweeted! Have a great week.

  • Kileen

    Thank you for sharing at Ravenwould!

  • Wow, what a beautiful list. Words straight from His heart. Thanks for this thorough collection of true-love verses. 🙂

  • Luke 6:32-36 has been present in my mind for months every time I open my social media. We forget we are supposed to love those we disagree with. That doesn’t mean to change our values to meet theirs, but we probably should cut back on the hate speech a bit, wouldn’t you say?

    Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity

  • I’ve shared this post on Twitter and followed you there too. I so enjoyed reading this post, and the reminders of these wonderful words from the Bible. I particularly like the passage from Corinthians – it was read at our wedding, and when we renewed our vows on our 10th wedding anniversary our pastor spoke round it, using our names in place of the word ‘love’ to remind us of the active nature of love and how we need to incorporate it into our lives, both secular and spiritual, every day. Thank you so much for sharing with Hearth and Soul.

  • Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    Such a timely piece, now more than ever we need to love others. Things are in turmoil and people are fighting, somehow the gap needs to be bridged, the only way is love.

  • Jann Olson

    It breaks my heart to know that there are people out there who do not feel loved! I try to show love to everyone. Thanks for sharing this with SYC.

  • Angie @ ambient wares

    Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

  • Patricia Wood

    Important words to keep in mind, particularly in this political climate. Thanks for linking up at #FridayFrivolity.

  • Brandi Raae

    Love posts that speak truth! Worldly love looks a lot more like lust instead of true, sacrificial, Christ-like love. I’ll take the candy and hearts on Valentine’s Day, but true love is messy and difficult. Thanks for sharing at Literacy Musing Mondays!