Biblical or Christian love is found throughout the Bible. In fact, love is the overarching theme of the Bible itself. This paper will focus on three versions of love found in the Bible: God’s love for us, our love for God, and our love for others. Love is important in effective relationship building. with determining a definition of Biblical love. The New International Bible Dictionary states the following in regards to loving-kindness, “It is how the Lord feels and acts toward his people; in consequence, it is how the Lord’s people, following his example, should act toward others and how they should respond to the Lord himself.” (p. 603) In today’s world, love is often defined as a feeling or emotion, but as Christians we should use the Bible to discover the true definition of love as God defines it.
God’s Love for Us
In the Old Testament, we first learn of God’s love for us. This type of love is found in Deuteronomy 7:8 as Moses gave a reminder to the people regarding God’s oath. God kept his oath due to His love of the people of Israel (New International Version). In the book of Isaiah, we see how, although we are sinners, there is still hope for each of us due to God’s love. In Isaiah 54:8 it states, “In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,’ says the LORD your Redeemer.” The book of psalms gives many references to God gives us love without us deserving it.
In the New Testament, we learn…