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God’s love is seen throughout the bible. As noted in 1 John, love is the essence of God’s nature. When we get to the New Testament we see the culmination of the scheme of redemption, which is the ultimate manifestation of God’s love. That event was set in place before time began, (1 Peter 1:18-20) and prophesied for millennia. God lived as a human, sacrificed Himself for humanity and conquered death itself, ascending to His throne.
So, it is no surprise that so much is recorded in the New Testament about His love. Here are some examples that speak of God’s love.
“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.” John 3:16
“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.” John 15:9-13
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 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 8:35-39
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-7
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 1 John 3:1
By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 1 John 3:16
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, 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 has been perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.
And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us. 1 John 4:9-19
Even though this is just a small sampling of the passages about God’s love, I am impressed when I read through them. Actually, I should say I am left awed and humbled. The references to love in these scriptures describe something completely unlike anything we see or hear in the world around us. Unfortunately, it is even rare among those who claim to Christians.
For anyone studying along, what do you think? What other passages in the New Testament have you found that speak of God’s love? Let’s discuss in the comments.
For the next post, I plan to look at some definitions. What does this word “love” mean as it is used in the scriptures?