What does it mean to have a love for God? Jesus tells us "If you love me, you will keep my commandments." (John 14:15)
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 22)
Ultimately, we make a choice as Christians in this life to fully love God and forego the allures and temptations of this world... or to love the world and the fleeting comforts and pleasures wherein.
May these Bible verses about true "Love for God" inspire you to seek the love and mercy of Christ with your whole being!
Love for God Bible Verses
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
"If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you."
1 John 2:15
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
1 John 4:21
And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
1 John 4:12
No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?
Keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;
With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!
3 John 1:11
Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.
2 Peter 3:17-18
You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
1 Peter 3:15-17
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.
Scriptures about God's Love for Us
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
1 John 4:19
We love because he first loved us.
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
1 John 4:8
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:7
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
1 John 3:1
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
1 John 4:16
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved
The Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.
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