Cultivating Godly Love in Your Marriage: 20 Key Bible Verses to Live By

Cultivating Godly Love in Your Marriage: 20 Key Bible Verses to Live By

Pastor Duke Taber

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Love and marriage are two of the most beautiful gifts that God has given us. Throughout the Bible, we find numerous passages that celebrate the joy, commitment, and sacredness of the marriage covenant. In this post, I’ve compiled 20 inspiring Bible verses about love and marriage from the New King James Version (NKJV). Let’s explore these verses together and discover God’s heart for this precious union!

20 Bible Verses About Love and Marriage

  1. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).
  2. “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her” (Ephesians 5:25).
  3. “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for ‘love will cover a multitude of sins'” (1 Peter 4:8).
  4. “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).
  5. “Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband” (Ephesians 5:33).
  6. “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).
  7. “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body” (Ephesians 5:22-23).
  8. “Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband” (1 Corinthians 7:3).
  9. “He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord” (Proverbs 18:22).
  10. “And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him'” (Genesis 2:18).
  11. “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:6-8a).
  12. “Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered” (1 Peter 3:7).
  13. “Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain” (Proverbs 31:10-11).
  14. “But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery” (Matthew 5:32).
  15. “So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself” (Ephesians 5:28).
  16. “But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh” (Mark 10:6-8).
  17. “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous” (Hebrews 13:4).
  18. “Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is as strong as death, jealousy as cruel as the grave; its flames are flames of fire, a most vehement flame” (Song of Solomon 8:6).
  19. “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4).
  20. “Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly despised” (Song of Solomon 8:7).
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Applying These Verses to Our Lives

These verses paint a beautiful picture of God’s design for love and marriage. We see that marriage is a sacred covenant, instituted by God from the beginning of creation. Husbands are called to love their wives sacrificially, just as Christ loved the church, while wives are called to respect and submit to their husbands.

Together, couples are to honor and cherish one another, keeping their marriage bed pure and undefiled. Love in marriage is characterized by patience, kindness, faithfulness, and perseverance. As we apply these truths to our own marriages, we can experience the joy and blessing that God intends for this special relationship.


The Bible is rich with wisdom and guidance for love and marriage. As we’ve seen in these verses, God places a high value on this sacred union, calling us to love, honor, and cherish our spouses. Whether you are married, engaged, or single, may these verses inspire you to seek God’s heart for your relationships and to trust in His perfect plan for your life.

Remember, “Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:8a), and with God at the center of your marriage, you can experience the beauty and joy of a love that lasts a lifetime.

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