Meaning of Love in Bible

The English word "love" has many different meanings and implications. It is commonly interpreted in the terms of affection, benevolence, passion, strong liking, romance, intimacy and sexual or physical attraction.

Biblical implication of the true meaning of love is in the essence of God itself such that Bible says,

"God is love”.
Love Described in The Old Testament

The Hebrew word “aheb”, has been commonly used in the Old Testament for love and has similar annotations.
Love Described in The New Testament

The Greek language (the language of the New Testament) uses two different words to describe and define love; “Agape” and “Philio”.
4 Different Kinds of Love in Bible

It is the Greek word for sensual love. It is derived from classical Greek myth & legend and depicts the god of love, son of Aphrodite with the Roman counterpart Cupid.

In Bible, Eros refers to intimate love between two people for life and refers to both the physical act of love as well in addition to having a spiritual connection.

Storge also known as familial love, is the Greek word for natural and instinctive affection for parental love. Though this Greek word for family love is not commonly found in Scripture, examples of it are depicted in the Bible.

Philia means friendship in Modern Greek and refers to dispassionate virtuous love, a concept originated by Aristotle. It includes loyalty and fondness for friends, family, and community, and requires virtue.

Agape is the highest form of love amongst the four types of love in the Bible. Jesus Christ showed this kind of divine love to his Father and to all humanity and has professed all human beings to show "agape" towards each other.
Verses of Love from the Bible

Following is a collection of love verses from Bible, assorted by size and type to use in love cards, messages and letters.
One Liner Love Verses from Bible

Proverbs 10:12
Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.

Proverbs 13:24
Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.

Proverbs 15:17
A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.

Proverbs 17:9
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.

Proverbs 17:17
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Song of Solomon 1:2
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth— for your love is more delightful than wine.

Song of Solomon 2:16
My lover is mine, and I am his.

Romans 12:9

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Short Love Verses from Bible

Genesis 29:20
So Jacob worked seven years to pay for Rachel. But his love for her was so strong that it seemed to him but a few days.

Proverbs 5:19
A loving doe, a graceful deer—may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love.

Song of Solomon 4:10
How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice!

Song of Solomon 8:6
Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.

Song of Solomon 8:7
Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.

Matthew 22:37–39
Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

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