20 Bible Verses Revealing God's Design for Love and Relationships

20 Bible Verses Revealing God’s Design for Love and Relationships

Pastor Duke Taber

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As I’ve journeyed through life, I’ve come to realize that love and relationships are at the core of our human experience. The Bible has been my constant guide, offering timeless wisdom and insight into navigating the joys and challenges of love and relationships.

In this post, I’ve gathered 20 of my favorite Bible verses about love and relationships from the New King James Version (NKJV). Join me as we explore these verses together and discover how we can apply them to our lives!

20 Bible Verses About Love and Relationships

  1. “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5).
  2. “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).
  3. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God” (1 John 4:7).
  4. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).
  5. “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for ‘love will cover a multitude of sins'” (1 Peter 4:8).
  6. “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her” (Ephesians 5:25).
  7. “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth” (1 Corinthians 13:6).
  8. “Let all that you do be done with love” (1 Corinthians 16:14).
  9. “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” (Proverbs 17:17).
  10. “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another” (Romans 12:10).
  11. “But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection” (Colossians 3:14).
  12. “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up” (1 Corinthians 13:4).
  13. “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good” (Romans 12:9).
  14. “And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma” (Ephesians 5:2).
  15. “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law” (Romans 13:8).
  16. “We love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).
  17. “With all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2).
  18. “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).
  19. “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).
  20. “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins” (Proverbs 10:12).
20 Bible Verses Revealing God's Design for Love and Relationships

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Applying These Verses to Our Lives

As I meditate on these verses, I’m struck by the depth and richness of God’s love for us, and how that love should overflow into our relationships with others. I’m challenged to love others with patience, kindness, humility, and selflessness, just as Christ loved us.

These verses remind me that true love is not just a feeling, but a choice to act in the best interest of others, even when it requires sacrifice. As I seek to apply these truths to my relationships, I pray that God would help me to love others with the same unconditional, sacrificial love that He has shown me.


In a world that often promotes a shallow, self-centered view of love, these Bible verses offer a refreshing and transformative perspective. As I’ve reflected on these passages, I’ve been reminded that love is not just about what I can get, but what I can give. It’s about choosing to put others first, to forgive freely, and to serve humbly.

My prayer is that as we seek to live out these truths in our relationships, we would experience the joy and fulfillment that comes from loving others as Christ has loved us. May these verses inspire and encourage you on your own journey of love and relationship.

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