Love One Another: Bible Verses and Life Application

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Sometimes it is very difficult to love someone.  Sure, it’s easy to love the lovely people; but what about those unlovely people that we come in contact with sometimes on a daily basis?  More than 50% of our cases at Selah Mountain’s Biblical Counseling Ministry are marriage counseling cases [1].  Invariably, folks come in and say things like: “We just don’t love each other anymore” or “I have fallen out of love with him or her”.  We see children that do not know how to love one another. Sometimes we even see an entire family that is struggling because no one has ever taught them the proper roles in the family unit and how important it is to stay within those roles because we love one another and because we love the Lord.  This is when we look to the Bible for what it says about how to love one another.  I pray that it is helpful to you to see the following Bible verses about loving one another and how you can apply them to your own circumstance whatever it may be.

Love One Another Bible Verses and ApplicationLoving One Another Begins with Loving God

In the Old Testament we see the Ten Commandments as given to Moses in Exodus 20.  In the New Testament when Jesus was questioned by the Sadducees regarding which is the greatest of the commandments He said that all of the commandments can be wrapped into just two. This first one encompasses the first four of the original Ten Commandments, they deal with loving God.  Take a look at what Jesus said:

Mark 12:28-30

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength…”

Jesus Talked About Loving

Love Your Neighbor

In that account with the Sadducees and the scribes Jesus also told them about a second greatest commandment. This second greatest commandment includes the last six of the original ten.  Here is what Jesus said:

Mark 12:31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Love One Another 

John 13:34 A new commandment I give you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are to love one another. 

John 13:35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. 

John 15:12 This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 

John 15:17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

Love Your Enemy

During Jesus’ earthly ministry He frequently spoke of love and taught how to love one another.  He spoke of forgiveness and how we should not hate one another.  Take a look at how Jesus re-spoke the Old Testament teachings with his disciples:

Leviticus 19:17-18 Matthew 5:42-44
“You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.”You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Other Love Verses in the Bible

God’s Love for Us

Psalms 103:10-12 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

Romans 5:8 but God shows his love  for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 8:38-39 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.

Husbands and Wives Love

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 

Ephesians 5:33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. 

Colossians 3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.

Titus 2:4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children.

Life Application: How to Love One Another

So as we can see from the above Bible verses and so many others that are not listed here, we are called to love one another. When we believe that we “no longer love” our husband or wife or that we just cannot love that “unlovely” person we are deceived because clearly we are commanded to love each other, even our enemies.  But “how” do we love one another? The truth of the matter is that the kind of love that we should show to one another is an “action” kind of love. We see this demonstrated by our own Heavenly Father in that “God so LOVED the world that he GAVE …”. Our love for one another is best displayed in our actions toward them. Here are some practical things that you can do to show your love for one another:

Husbands to Wives

  • Take your leadership role in the home seriously – lead them
  • Tell her you love her
  • Do family devotions daily
  • Be cheerful when you come home from work
  • Take care of the children for at least 3 hours a week so she has some free time
  • Have a “date night” at least once a month – do it weekly if you are able
  • Take care of yourself; practice good hygiene
  • Rub her back
  • Wear her favorite after-shave lotion
  • Do the dishes every now and again
  • Set a good example for the children
  • Brag about her
  • Maintain your own personal Bible time
  • Listen to her advice and follow it – sometimes she has an intuition
  • Ask for forgiveness when necessary – admit you were wrong when you were
  • Take her out to breakfast
  • Plan a special get-away
  • Serve in ministry with her
  • Give her undivided attention when she is talking to you
  • Establish a family budget
  • Gladly run errands for her
  • Consider her point of view on things
  • Do not disagree with her in the presence of others (do that privately)
  • Always hold her in high regard and do not speak poorly of her

Wives to Husbands

  • Accept your husband as your leader and let him know you appreciate his leadership qualities
  • Stay interested in what he has set for life goals
  • Give him undivided attention when he is talking to you
  • Let your husband know that you need him as your protector
  • Be content with what he is able to provide, regardless of your living situation
  • Let him make final decisions and never say “I told you so”
  • Prepare his favorite breakfast
  • Kiss him before he leaves for work
  • Put a love note in his lunch, pocket or Bible
  • Don’t teach or preach to him, leave that to God and godly men
  • Be loyal to him in everything. Trust his spiritual insight and don’t chose other men’s spiritual leadership over his (pastors, other men, books, etc.)
  • Pray for him with your children – this will build their loyalty to him as the Dad
  • Agree with him on appropriate discipline for the children. He is responsible to God for them (Eph 6:4)
  • Tell him you love him
  • Be excited and celebrate when he has great success and achievements
  • Show him you care by how you care for his home (1 Cor 14:40) and how you care for yourself
  • Be cheerful when he gets home and greet him at the door; see that the children greet him too
  • Teach the children to listen and be attentive to Daddy when he speaks about his day. Dinner time conversations should be light and focus on your husband’s day
  • Make your husband your friend and confidant
  • Always speak highly of your husband in the presence of others; brag on him too

For Everyone

  • Tell someone you love them
  • Do something special for one person on a regular basis
  • Spend time listening to someone’s needs
  • Be honest
  • Don’t hold a grudge
  • Volunteer in church
  • Invite the Pastor and his wife over for lunch or supper
  • Be flexible and put other’s needs above your own (Phil 2:3-4)
  • Let someone else receive praise instead of yourself
  • Don’t walk on your neighbor’s lawn
  • Go to a Nursing Home and visit those that have no family
  • Pick up trash when you see it on the sidewalk and put it in a trash container
  • Allow your pets to have a private space in another room when you have company
  • Offer to return someone else’s shopping cart to the store from the parking lot
  • Let someone go before you in the grocery checkout line; especially if you have more groceries then they do
  • Invite someone to church and even offer them a ride to church
  • Allow someone else to have that parking space that is close to the building
  • Offer your seat to someone on the bus or train
  • Play your car radio at a reasonable level as not to disturb someone else
  • Share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a stranger today
  • Offer to have one-on-one Bible study with a new believer
  • Give an anonymous love offering to someone who always shows up to do whatever job is needed in the church.
  • Send your Pastor a gift card to a Christian Book Store, just to let him know you love him
  • Turn your cell phone off when you are driving in your car, at church or waiting in line for service.

Do You Have Some Ideas?

Little things mean a lot.  What are some ideas that you have that we can show how we love one another?  Share them in the comments below.


The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

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Elvis Mbanyam July 27, 2012 at 3:01 am



jastars ogolla September 1, 2012 at 6:47 am

go to visit sick people at the hopital and share a word of God with them and tel them neva 2 loose hope


Pamela Rose Williams September 1, 2012 at 11:55 am

Yes jastars. That is a wonderful way to love one another!


Carrie Ooi October 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm

1. Give food, money or other necessities when needed.
2. Make time to listen when others have problems.
3. Pray with others and pray for others.
4. Call or make contact when we know others are lonely.


MICHELE RIVERS December 22, 2012 at 2:01 pm



TOMOCENE March 22, 2013 at 4:28 am

I am really excited.This is the way to a perfect family.


tom April 7, 2013 at 9:36 am

dear,there is a reason why jesus gave this command,knowing that loving thy neighbor as thyself is really the only way the world would see we follow him,but its actually best for us,sadly the world is sooooo self absorbed,materialistic,only thru christ can we become the new creature,born again of the spirit.the flesh is constantly battling attempting to gets its way,and there is a reason why christ said not to worry about what we wear,or eat,or that its easier for a camel to go thru the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven,in the flesh with loose all concept of what wealth is,or what a treasure is,even what success is, i believe because we are made in gods image this is the reason why most people are lost in the flesh are so un happy,or have lots of money and think they are. love this life and u will loose life.


Lucy September 3, 2014 at 10:55 am

Smile. A smile works wonders on someone who is hurting. Sometimes the meanest people are the ones who are hurting the most. They need our love more than anyone else. I find that smiling is contagious.Smile and greet strangers such as grocery clerks, homeless on the streets, the mailman EVERYONE.


jean Bosco January 22, 2015 at 1:37 am

comments are so spiritual. I rreally like.


jean Bosco January 22, 2015 at 1:41 am

Giong to hospital to visist sicks, prayer for them and then give them some food, clothes, sugar, salt, … share with them word to keep their faith in God for deliverance.


vee June 24, 2015 at 12:59 am

never leave a broken heart broken, never leave a hungry stomach hungry, never give up on a confused, sinner, preach the gospel of Christ and be the light of the World, your God who sees you will reward you for loving others.


Deb March 14, 2018 at 12:02 pm

YES, Vee:

It is also likely to be a PROCESS that could take days, weeks, years, or even a lifetime.

We should not treat it as if it is a test [pass/fail] for US to MAKE someone a Christian! no no no no – conviction is the Holy Spirit’s job, NOT ours. And God does the calling………. we are only to BE the light, not shine it directly into the eyes of those not saved.


diane July 28, 2015 at 2:02 am

I received some information that was told to me on July 27,15. I was listening to that person who was talking and i understood the person. I have seen her passion and love for her children and they choose the way of the world. I went to bed around 1:00 am I was tossing and turning and could not rest. I got up and began singing and them I prayed for that person. i held that picture up and lifted that person to God. I said God I am searching, seeking, and knocking, asking you to take full control of this situation. I started reading about love. The word on love allow me to look at it different than how I looked at it before, God gave us the Commandment to love one another. This is the first of the ten commandments. So today I am going to love and show love to my spiritual family, my neighbors, and all even the difficult ones to love. Why? Because God gave this commandment. I am living in the spirit of God today and not walking in the way of the world. I am in the world but I am not apart of it evil passion and deeds anymore, to God I give this glory and to you my story. Yes the devil had me in chains for 25 from a teenager til a 54 years of woman. You would think that would be a lesson learned, well it was not, because I thought that being locked down for all those years, the world own me. What a joke now looking back on life. I went through 10 more years of living a life with sex, partying, and drinking. It told me to get sick to go back home to God. I needed God help. I am so thankful that God does not leave us, but we leave him. He is always willing, able, and ready to received us back with loving and open arms. Who would not serve a God who is that loving and cares about us. Well this is the end of my story. May God be with you, for you, and bless you. In Jesus Name. Amen


Tanya Bernard August 15, 2015 at 11:20 pm

I am very grateful for having GOD and his Holy Spirit to intervene and allowed me here @ your readings. Praise be to God


JOHN COMER October 28, 2015 at 8:51 pm

A gift of love
No greater deed was ever done
That God gave for us his only son


Paul July 14, 2016 at 4:34 am

There are two families in a world: family of Adam and Eve(includes all humanity) and family of Christ(includes those who do will of God
Matthew 12:50). So what does New Commandment really say? John 13:34.


Philip December 20, 2016 at 3:18 am

Have been blessed by this article.


alan madlangbayan February 28, 2017 at 9:21 pm

very practical application most Christians missed.. I was blessed, I will share this in the congregation…


Deb March 14, 2018 at 11:40 am

I simply want to say that this “article” is so well written AND SUPPORTED with scripture! It’s downright beautifully put.

HOW can such advice appear to be so simple and obvious to some and seemingly have ZERO meaning to others? 🙁

Thank you, Miss Pamela Rose!


RODCLIFFE'S MINISTRY February 3, 2020 at 5:52 am

What Christians want to know, great content you have here on love. I have been admiring your work and I must say you have motivated me a lot.

Keep up the good work.

yours truly: Rodcliffe Stephens


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