The Bible is filled with ideas, truths, and sentiments on love from God, Jesus, and His followers. God instructs us on how to live a life of love — both giving and receiving. While these insights are great to seek out at any time, they are particularly useful when approaching a large milestone in love such as an engagement, marriage, anniversary, or childbirth. In these moments, it may help to turn to God’s views of love. That’s why we compiled this list of our favorite Bible verses about love.
They are separated into categories, in case you are searching for something specific, be it the Bible’s stance on loving others, love in marriage, family, how to act with love, how to show your love for God, or Bible verses about God’s love. We have selected verses for each. Beyond love, the Bible also has many verses about healing, protection, and self-love. It’s the ultimate guide to God’s will and a great way to connect with Him beyond prayer, church attendance, and acts of service.
Use these love quotes from the Bible to help inspire your vows, reconnect with the Lord, and spread love. Because if there is one thing you can count on, it’s that God will always love you and guide you to love others.
Bible Verses About Love and Marriage
“When I passed by you, I realized that you were ready for love. So I spread my cloak over you and covered your nakedness. I made a solemn promise and entered into a covenant with you, and you became mine. This is what the Lord God says.”
The Good News: A marriage is its own entity. It is a covenant, a promise, the ultimate bond that binds two people together. This means it is strong.
“That’s how husbands ought to love their wives — in the same way as they do their own bodies. Anyone who loves his wife loves himself.”
The Good News: By investing in your marriage, you are in turn, investing in yourself, as it is a part of you.
“Husbands, love your wives, and don’t be harsh with them.”
The Good News: Love starts with kind words and actions. Love shown through negativity is not love.
“I will take you for my wife forever; I will take you for my wife in righteousness and in justice, in devoted love, and in mercy.”
The Good News: The vows of marriage ask that you love one another through whatever may come.
"This is the reason that a man leaves his father and mother and embraces his wife, and they become one flesh."
The Good News: God intended for couples to leave their families, and create new ones with each other. They will become one unit and rely on each other, just as they watched their parents do for years.
"As for husbands, love your wives just like Christ loved the church and gave himself for her."
The Good News: Jesus sacrificed himself for us, which was the truest act of love. We should love our spouses with the same amount of love as Jesus loved us and the church He saved.
Song of Solomon 2:16
"I belong to my lover and he belongs to me — the one grazing among the lilies."
The Good News: When you and your spouse become one couple, you truly belong to each other. You are theirs, and they are yours, forever.
"A competent wife, how does one find her? Her value is far above pearls."
The Good News: A partner who is of respectful and kind character is worth more to a person than money or objects. When you find "the one," never let them go.
"Two are better than one because they have a good return for their hard work. If either should fall, one can pick up the other. But how miserable are those who fall and don't have a companion to help them up! Also, if two lie down together, they can stay warm. But how can anyone stay warm alone?"
The Good News: Two are better than one, it's as simple as that. With a partner by your side, you will never be alone, and you will always have support.
Bible Verses About Loving God
1 John 4:16
"We have known and have believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who remain in love remain in God and God remains in them."
The Good News: You are able to share love because you have been shown love by God. Give that feeling to others by showing them how much you care as well.
"I love those who love me; those who seek me will find me."
The Good News: God will return love to those who show Him love. He is always with you.
Song of Solomon 8:6-7
"Set me as a seal over your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is as strong as death, passionate love unrelenting as the grave. Its darts are darts of fire divine flame! Rushing waters can't quench love; rivers can't wash it away. If someone gave all his estate in exchange for love, he would be laughed to utter shame."
The Good News: There is nothing stronger than love — even death. In the darkest of times during your life, love will lift you up and carry you forward. This is the love of the Lord and the love of others around you.
"I'm convinced that nothing can separate us from God's love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created."
The Good News: Nothing can come between you and the Lord. When times get tough, remember that. His love is available to you always.
"Know now then that the Lord your God is the only true God! He is the faithful God, who keeps the covenant and proves loyal to everyone who loves him and keeps his commands—even to the thousandth generation!"
The Good News: The Lord is the ultimate form of love and loyalty. He forgives and cares about His people even when they make mistakes. He models the love you should show to others.
"We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose."
The Good News: If ever you don't understand what God's plan is for you, remember that He loves you and is taking care of you — even if it feels like He's putting you through challenges first.
"God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won't perish but will have eternal life."
The Good News: Never forget the love God has shown all throughout history for His people. Time and time again, He has proven how much He cares.
1 John 4:8
"The person who doesn't love does not know God, because God is love."
The Good News: If you have experienced love, you have experienced what it is to know God. He created us out of pure love, and we share that same love with others.
1 Chronicles 16:34
“Give thanks to the Lord, for his good; his love endures forever."
The Good News: Be grateful for God's eternal love that will follow you forever.
Elizabeth Berry (she/her) is the Updates Editor at the Good Housekeeping Institute where she optimizes lifestyle content across verticals. Prior to this role, she was an Editorial Assistant for Woman’s Day where she covered everything from gift guides to recipes. She also has experience fact checking commerce articles and holds a B.A. in English and Italian Studies from Connecticut College.
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