This is a Bible study on Love Defined. Click here for a printable Bible Study Guide.
God is love. For more information see - GOD is love
The dictionary defines love as a strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties. We must not confuse the counterfeit version of love that the world offers with the love of God, because they are not the same.
The Holy Bible says God is love. Since God is love, we can know for a fact that to have fellowship with God we must have love.
Love is an essential key to knowing God (because love is not an option with God).
Without love we cannot know God.
The word of God doesn't just say we must have love, but tells us that we are nothing without love.
We are nothing without love
Our life must be built on love. We must have a foundation of love, God's love.
Love must be intertwined into everything we do in our life.
If we are nothing without love, then we must understand what love is in order to build our life on love.
The word of God is very clear on what love is and gives us numerous examples of love.
Love endures all things
God is eternal and His love is eternal. The love of God endures all things. The Scriptures define the characteristics, the attributes, and the true nature of love in 1 Corinthians 13.
If we truly want to know what love is, what love looks like, how love acts, we will learn these definitions of what God shows us that His love is in His word.
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If we were to stop at these scriptures, we understand what love is to God, but there is more so much more about God's love throughout His Holy Scriptures.
Because God is love, His word is full of scriptures teaching us what His love is all about.
The greatest love.
The greatest example of love is the love God has for all people of the world. The love which God showed us when He gave us His one and only begotten Son as sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. His great love was gifted to all mankind, so that everyone in the world could receive forgiveness from sin and its consequences and receive eternal life in Glory with Him forever.
God's sacrifice of His own life for mankind is the greatest love (1 John 3:16).
God loves you.
And we have known and believed the love God hath to us (1 John 4:16). Every human being created is shown God's love, everyone. We know and believe God loves us. We all have the same choice to accept God's love or reject it.
God desires to take you, where He created you to be, which is with Him to His Kingdom for all eternity.
God created every person to be with Him for eternity, but it is our choice whether to go with Him or not. We must all choose to be with God, as He forces no one to be with Him. Blessing or cursing, life or death, is ultimately our choice alone to make. God asks us to choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19).
We cannot imagine giving our innocent, sinless child as a sacrifice, to be brutally and painfully tortured and then killed for a crime they did not commit, for the sins of someone else. But that is exactly what God did for all of us in the world. That sacrifice is the love of God and why the scriptures say, God is love.
There is no greater love than giving one's own life for another.
We can perceive the love of God, we know what the love of God looks like, because God showed us His love when He laid down His life for us.
This type of selfless sacrificial love is the greatest love and the love God wants us to know personally. We can take part and share in His love when we accept His love and receive His free gift of salvation.
Love is God sending His Son to take on Himself our sins
What is Love? The scriptures say Here is love, not because we love God, but because God loved us, and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice, the substitute, the ransom, the price, the propitiation for our sins.
"Not because we loved God", God is not love because we loved Him, or anything that we do for God. God loved us before we loved Him, which is love. The love of God is not dependent on us. Love was before we were created. God is love, love is of God, love is from God, love exists because of God, and God existed before all things.
The love of God is not based on our works, but on who God is. God is love. The fact is without us, He remains God, but without Him we are nothing. Nothing we do or give to God affects who God already is. God loved us first and God will always love us first. It is good that we love God, but it does not change who God is or that He loved us first.
Many of us would not think about loving someone who didn't love us back. We have conditional love. In spite of who we are, God loves us. Even though we are most vile and wretched creatures in natural, God loves us. God loved us before we were and loves us knowing who we are.
God showed us His love, true genuine love, by His sacrifice on the cross for our sins, God laid down His life (1 John 3:16; John 10:17), so that we could be reconciled to Him (Romans 5:10; 2 Corinthians 5:18; Colossians 1:21-22) and live in love with Him for all eternity (1 John 4:16; Ephesians 3:16-19).
GOD is love
The scriptures tell us if we cannot love, we cannot know God. If we do not love everyone, we cannot know God.
If we love each other, we love God, and if we love God, that we are in God and God is in us.
Do not be deceived, love is non-negotiable with God. If we do not love each other, we are not of God.
If we do not love each other, God is not in us and we will not be with God. Why? God cannot be where there is no love, because God is love.
Who you are is defined by your love. Your capacity for love, your ability to love defines who you are to God. Your capacity to love is not based on your ability but your faith and trust in God's love. When we accept the salvation of God we are given power to overcome all obstacles, we are given strength to do things that which seems impossible before. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). When we are saved we put on Christ and put on God's love. We do not love by our own power or abilities, but we love because we have Christ abiding in us. No one can show God's love without having God's love. The love of God is given to all His children (Galatians 3:26).
Are you a child of God, or a child of the devil? God gives eternal life to those who love.
Death and separation from God waits for those who hate.
God said, that if I hate that I do not love Him
If we hate anyone, God said, we do not love God.
If I say that I love God, but hate, God calls me a liar.
God's word in His scriptures is crystal clear, if we hate anyone, we cannot love God.
And if we do not love God, we will not see the kingdom of God and have eternal life in heaven.
Love is of God
The second greatest commandment given to us by God is "Love one another".
Why is loving one another such a big deal with God? Because GOD is love and love is of God.
When we share love with each other, we share God with each other, because God is love. Love is the heart of God. Love is the language of God. Love is the will of God. Love is the law of God.
To know God is to love God. Everything about God is about His love, because God is love. To be in God is to be in God's love.
The scriptures don't say God likes love, or maybe we should love, but says that God is love and He teaches us to love one another.
To know God we must build our knowledge, our faith, our trust, our salvation in God and on His love.
As children of the Most High God our salvation is built on faith in Christ Jesus and rooted and grounded in love, by which we are able, gifted the privilege, to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge, and are filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17-19).
Our salvation is the result of the love of God. Our salvation continues because of the love of God.
Nothing happens except by the love of God. Everything is because of the love of God.
Why should we love one another? Because God loves us and because we love God, we ought to love one another (1 John 4:11)
Love is NOT God
Love is NOT God. Do NOT be deceived, the Scriptures - God never says that love is God, but that God is love, there is a huge difference. God is before all things, including His own love.
Do NOT be deceived. Stating that 'love is god' is placing love equal with God. Nothing is equal to God but God. Love is not equal to God. Only God is God, nothing is equal to God but God, and there are no exceptions to this biblical truth.
God is the Creator of all things, including love. The love of God is good. All good things come from God above. God is the source of love, but love is not the source of God. Never place anything before God, this is idolatry. God is self-existent. God was before all things, including love.
God is God, none else. Nothing but God is God. Love cannot be God, because that would place love equal to, or above God. Nothing is God but God.
There are other gods that men worship, but there is only One God, none else (Mark 12:32).
God is before and above all things. God is first, everything else follows God.
God's love is NOT the same as the world's love.
The world has a different view of love than God. The world has created its own love, with its own definition and with its own rules, which contradict the word of God, and that is complete opposite of God's love.
The world's love is a cheap counterfeit imitation of God's love.
The world says love is temporary. God's love is eternal.
The world says intimate love is with anyone you choose, anytime, anywhere. God says that intimate love is private and between one male husband and one female wife.
The world says love, even marital love, is disposable. God says what He has joined together, husband and wife in marriage, let no one destroy.
The world says multiple love partners is okay. God says that love is monogamous, between one woman and one man.
The world condones and promotes homosexuality as love. God says that homosexuality is not love and is an abomination to Him.
The world condones and promotes adultery as love. God says that adultery is sin against Him.
The world condones and promotes lust as love. God says lust is covetousness and is a sin against Him.
The world condones and promotes lust, saying it is okay to look. God says that if you lust after another it is adultery.
The world's love is selfish, self seeking. God's love is not selfish, seeks not its own way.
The world's love is conditional. God's love is unconditional. God loved us before we loved Him.
The world's love is limited. God's love is limitless.
The world thinks sex is love, perverting love. God says love is not sex.
The world's love takes. God's love gives.
The world mixes love with hate, creating destructive, unhealthy love/hate relationships. God's love excludes hate.
The world's love destroys. God's love builds.
The world's love is mean and rough. God's love is kind and gentle.
The world's love is prideful. God's love is humble.
The world's love controls with fear. God's love is perfect and casts out all fear.
The world's love is full of heartache, sadness, depression, darkness, hopelessness, anger, messiness, and confusion. God's love brings joy, laughter, happiness, light, comfort, hope, and peace.
The world's love is never satisfying, empty, meaningless and full of sorrow. God's love is complete, abundantly sufficient, satisfying, full of purpose and rejoicing.
The world's love ends. God's love is never ending, eternal.
The world's love is erotic, perverted, wicked, obscene, blasphemous, lustful, pleasure seeking, self gratifying, no matter what the cost. God's love is pure and genuine, never obscene, never blasphemous, never wicked, never perverted, always true, always thinking of other's well being first.
The world's love is questionable, faulty and doubtful. God's love is guaranteed, full of hope and assurance.
The world's love is broken. God's love is whole.
The world's love changes with the wind. God's love never changes.
The world's love will fail you, disappoint you, break you, and crush you. God's love will never fail you.
The world's love is based in lies, trickery and deceit. God's love is truth.
The world and the things of the world cannot give you true love, genuine love, because real love comes only from God Himself.
This is why so many people, who when they receive the salvation of God are so incredibly happy and peaceful, because they finally know what God is really about, because they have been filled with God's love, a love that passes all understanding, a love that they never knew before, could never imagine, because they had never experienced the love of God, genuine pure true love that comes only from God, God's love.
God's love is hard to explain to someone who is lost, because God's love passes all knowledge, all words, all understanding, and cannot be compared to anything ever experienced through anyone or anything in the world.
Without love, we are nothing
Without love, we are not of God
Without love, no one can know God
Those who hate will not receive eternal life
A liar is those who say they love God, but hate
Without love, we are in darkness
A murderer is one who hates anyone
Those who hate Jesus, hate God the Father
If we love God the Father, we cannot hate God the Son.
Those who hate Jesus, God the Son, hate God the Father also.
We know through Scripture, that we are to love the Lord God above all else, but what other things are we are to love.
Let my LORD God be magnified, because I love His salvation!
God is righteousness, therefore the children of God love righteousness.
People who do NOT follow righteousness are not OF God, but are the children of the devil.
Love God’s Commandments and Laws
Love the Name of the Lord
Love the Word of God
Love knowledge and instruction
Is "love" God? Many people choose to twist the word of God to align with their false teachings. Do not be deceived. Know the truth of God, know God's Word for yourself, bury His Word and truth deep within your heart, and you will not be deceived, you will know what is God's truth.
If God is love, then is love God, could we say love is God? No, we cannot say love is God because love is NOT God.
The Holy Scriptures never ever state that love is God. Nothing, no one is God except God. Things, even love is not God.
What the Scriptures do state is that love is of God. Many things are of God. There is One God, and no one besides Him.
Being of God is not being God. No one is God, except God. Nothing is God, except God. There is no one or nothing besides God who is God.
When we receive the salvation of God, we are of God, but we are never God. Man is NOT God. Love is not God.
God is love, but love is NOT God.
Many people try and bring God down to their level, redefining God to fit in their doctrine, try and put Him in their terms, so they can sell something, or sell their false doctrine. Do not be deceived by these people. Know God yourself, know the words of God yourself and you will not be deceived by false doctrine.
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