1) John 15:13
This verse is interesting because it almost perfectly describes the sacrifice that Jesus made for all of us on earth. It lets us know that He truly did love us with an unfailing love because He gave up His life for us.
Also, we should be willing to give up stuff for the people we love. This doesn't necessarily mean that we have to sacrifice ourselves in order to prove our love for someone (we can love lots of people, but we only have one life), however, it reminds us that we need to have the mindset that is willing for us to give up our life if the need arose.
For example, I would do anything to protect my family and save them from an upcoming death (which is what Christ did for us when He gave up His life for us), but I wouldn't sacrifice myself if it wasn't absolutely necessary to save their life.
But we need to be willing to do so if that is what God is telling us to do.
2) John 14:21
Yes, I know this is another verse from the book of John, but it's still a good and important verse about love. Sometimes, when we as Christians try to figure out how to visibly show our love to God (He may know our hearts, but it is also nice to express our love outwardly), we can become confused about how to show Jesus that we love Him. This verse makes it clear that we need to follow the commands set forth by Jesus.
This is not saying that we have to go back to Old Testament days with the Law, but we do need to keep His commandments because we love Him. If we say that we love Christ, but don't follow His ways, is our love real?
Yes, we can sometimes mess up and break a commandment, but the good news is that, because Jesus loved us enough to give up His life for us, we can be forgiven and made whole again.
(There is a whole lot more verses in John about love, so if you want to read them, please be my guest, but for the sake of this blog post I am going to look at some other books of the Bible as well.)
3) Deuteronomy 6:4-5
(Jesus adds to this verse in the Gospel with the command to love your neighbor as yourself.) This verse reminds us that you can probably never stop growing in your love for God. I think it's cool that, even though it is hard for us as humans to completely love God with all of our being, God will still love us just the same as if we were perfect.
There should be no part of you that doesn't strive to love God because otherwise their would be an ability for sin to creep into our lives more easily.
4) Proverbs 21:21
When you pursue righteousness and love, God will bless you by providing you with life, prosperity, and honor. This won't happen if you don't pursue these things wholeheartedly. God wants what is good and He won't honor those who don't try to live according to His ways.
There are great rewards to loving others the way God has loved us. Trust me, just try it out for a little while and you will be able to tell the difference that it makes in your life. Love opens doors to some pretty amazing things.
This verse has kind of been stalking me lately, but I still love it. God will never abandon us or stop loving us, and I am just so comforted by that fact.
Satan may try to make us think that God has stopped caring about us, maybe because we did something bad that we think is unforgivable, but that is just not the case. Satan's goal is to steal, kill, and destroy, and we can't let him get away with that. Luckily for us, we have the Word of God to remind us that nothing can separate us from God's love. He doesn't care about your past, or even your future, He just cares about how you choose to use your present. And He would want you to spend your present loving people the way He loves people.
Thank goodness for God's love!!