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Love One Another: Bible Verses and Life Application

Sometimes it is very difficult to love someone.  Sure, it’s easy to love [1] 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 [2] 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 [2] that do not know how to love one another. Sometimes we even see an entire family [3] 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 Application [4]Loving 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 [5]  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 [6] 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

Wives to Husbands

For Everyone

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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[1] Selah Mountain Biblical Counseling Ministry [7]