Last week I wrote a five minute friday post about being confident that I am loved. I enjoy the idea of simply writing my thoughts on a topic and sharing them, but if you know me, then you realize that I can’t say anything in just five minutes!
I want to spend more time emphasizing the love of God and how being confident in that love, not only gives us courage and peace, but also gives us purpose and hope. The best way I could think of to do this is a compilation of Bible verses about God’s love.
We have not been left to struggle through life alone. Our creator remains by our side-even when we can’t feel Him.
Many of my favorite Bible verses about God’s love are found in the Old Testament. Sometimes we overlook this aspect of God’s love because He appears to be harsher and less reachable.
To me, the Old Testament shows God’s true character. He is the one that waited thousands of years to bring forth His plan of salvation. It is in the Old Testament that I feel His loving kindness toward a world without hope. One lost in the darkness of sin, waiting to be redeemed.
During this time, God’s love is seen and understood by very few. His power over darkness is demonstrated in dramatic ways and yet our sinful nature struggled to grasp such a love until the most significant defeat of sin at the cross.
God’s Everlasting Love
As carnal, temporary beings we might have trouble with the concept of God’s everlasting love. Oddly enough, losing Rebekah has helped me to understand this. Her death did not end my love. My love will continue until I see her again. Just becasue she is no longer here with me does not affect my love for her at all.
God’s love for us is not dependent on a situation (An encouraging post by Counting my Blessings). It is continual, everlasting, and forever because He is our creator.
The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” (Jeremiah 31:13 NKJV)
Bible Verses About God’s Faithfulness
Not all of these Bible verses about God’s faithfulness also mention His love for us, BUT He created us, redeemed us, and called us His own. No denying God’s love for us here.
But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.” (Isaiah 43:1-2)
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. (Psalm 36:7) Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39)
“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments; (Deuteronomy 7:9)
Bible Verses About Hope and Love
Bible verses about hope and love were not hard to find as God’s love gives us hope. What if we all accepted that love in the measure it is poured out upon us? Our hearts would also fill with hope!
The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)
This verse came to my attention this morning. Isn’t it beautiful? Our God not only rejoices over us, but quiets us with His love. Oh! How my fearful heart needs to be quieted with His love!
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 27:9)
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)
Jesus Loves Us
It was nearly impossible to choose just one section of scripture to show that Jesus loves us. I chose John 15 because it contains a beautiful picture of God’s love for Jesus, Jesus’s love for God and how we are included in that love.
As the Father loved Me, I also have 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, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
Greater love has no one than this than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. (John 15:9-16)
God’s Love and Mercy
Just like the above Bible verses about hope and love, God’s love and mercy also go hand in hand. Our God is perfect and righteous and despises sin, and yet He loved us so much that He made a way for us to be saved. Isn’t that the very definition of mercy?
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us. (Ephesians 2:4)
But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.(Psalm 86:18)
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! (1 John 3:1)
Which Bible Verses About God’s Love Give Us Purpose?
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; (1 John 4:7)
These things I command you, that you love one another. (John 15:17)
This love is not meant to be hoarded away. It is meant to be given.
So, dear friends, where are you today? Are you happy and content? Perhaps you are weary and discouraged? Maybe you are struggling with anxiety or depression. Or maybe you are somewhere in between all of these!
I pray these Bible verses about God’s love speak to you wherever you are. May you embrace their truth, mercy, and hope.
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