There are so many verses about the "heart" of Valentine's Day, which is L-O-V-E!
Probably the most well known and one of the best Bible verses on love is John 3:16 - “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."
God is Love
1 John 4:8 - "The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love."
1 John 4:16 - "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."
God's Love Described
1 Corinthians 13 is typically called "The Love Chapter" because it describes love; verses 4-8 say - "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;" Verse 13 continues - "But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."
Jeremiah 31:3 says God loves with a never ending love - "The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with loving kindness."
Why we can love
Matthew 22:37-40 records when Jesus was asked which of the commandments was the greatest - "He replied And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
Luke 10:27 records the same - "He answered: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself."
How we should love
1 Corinthians 16:14 - "Let all that you do be done in love."
1 Peter 4:8 - "Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins."
John 13:34 - Jesus tells us to love others like He has loved us: "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another."
John 13:35 - Jesus goes on to say that when we love each other as His followers, all men (both other believers and unbelievers will see & recognize: "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
Take the time to share God’s love today and every day.
Dear Lord, we thank You for Your great love. Help us to show it to those You bring into our life. In the Name of Jesus, Amen