Contents for Spiritual Love in the Bible
In the Bible spiritual love is presented as God's love for me and you.
I love the metaphors in the Bible of the limitless of the spiritual love available to us.
A spiritual love limitless in time
“His love endures forever”
(Psalm 136, NIV)
Metaphors of a spiritual love limitless in space...
“Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.”
(Psalm 36:5, NIV)
Spiritual love in the Bible is presented as a love on which we can rely.
If God's love depended on what we did or said, it would vary between each one of us.
Instead, spiritual love has to do with God.
And so, it does not change.
The sun shines, God loves.
"How precious is your unfailing love, O God!"
(Psalm 36:7, spiritual love in the Bible)
“Since thou wast precious in my sight,
thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee:
therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.”
(Isaiah 43:4, KJV)
To be a receiver of love is to bring an important gift into this world.
“But because of his great love for us,
God, who is rich in mercy... raised us up with Christ
and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.”
(Ephesians 2:4,6, KJV)
“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God;
he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.”
(Deuteronomy 7:9, Old Testament The Bible)
In this context thousands means 'forever'.
But I like the fact that even though this was possibly written 6000 years ago, here in the 21st century we are still living less than a thousand generations since that time.
"You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness."
(Psalm 86:15, spiritual love in the Bible verse)
The following is a prayer for us from St Paul.
And from me to you.
Please pray it for me also.
"I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people,
to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ…."
(Ephesians 3:17-19, spiritual love Bible verse)
Click through to read a prayer to know God's love based on this quote about being rooted in God.
“If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God
lives in them and they in God.
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
Whoever lives in love lives in God,
and God in them.
This is how love is made complete among us
[by us choosing to live in love]
so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment:
In this world we are like Jesus.
There is no fear in love.
But perfect love drives out fear,
because fear has to do with punishment.
The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
(1 John 4:15-18, NIV love Bible quote)
“My beloved spoke, and said to me:
“Rise up, my love, my fair one,
And come away.”
(Solomon 2, KJV, Old Testament Bible quote about God's love)
Without Love we are missing the point of a life lived in a physical body. Spiritual love is what we are here to receive and give.
We are given a spirit of Love from God.
"God hath not given me the spirit of fear
but of POWER,
and of LOVE,
and of A SOUND MIND"
(2 Timothy 1:7, KJV, Bible verse to replace fear with love)
When we receive spiritual love, we own it as part of our spiritual identity and we have love available to give.
St Paul again:
"And now I will show you the most excellent way.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love,
I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy
and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,
and if I have a faith that can move mountains,
but have not love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor
and surrender my body to the flames that I may boast,
but have not love, I gain nothing."
(1 Corinthians 12:31, NIV)
The following references to spiritual love in the Bible are often taken as an aspiration for our own ability to love.
For me, it is more useful to see these powerful love quotes as describing God’s love for us.
They convey a perfect love which we can only touch by knowing ourselves in God.
In this world, it is often appropriate to hold someone accountable for a wrong behaviour.
It is sometimes appropriate to give up on a relationship with someone rather than persevere.
we can still know that whatever they do, a person - whether another or ourselves -
continues to be loved by God who holds no record of wrongs.
In a moment when we rest in God, regardless of the fickleness of our human feelings, as our spiritual selves, we represent this love.
As you read these bible verses feel yourself in the presence of a spiritual love that holds you safe.
"Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy,
it does not boast,
[Love] is not proud.
It is not rude,
it is not self-seeking,
[Love] is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects,
Love never fails.
But where there are prophecies, they will cease;
where there are tongues, they will be stilled;
where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.
When I was a child, I talked like a child,
I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.
When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror;
then we shall see face to face.
Now I know in part;
then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.
(1 Corinthans 13:1-13, NIV)
With our prayer to feel God's love and our prayer to love God comes our willingness to love others.
Jesus’ two main commandments are as follows:
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul,
and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
(Matthew 22:37-39, KJV)
“Everyone that loveth is born of God,
and knoweth God.
He that loveth not knoweth not God;
for God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8, KJV)
because he first loved us.
Whoever claims to love God
yet hates a brother or sister is a liar.
For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.
And he has given us this command:
Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”
(1 John 4:19-21, NIV, God love Bible quote)
Since God is Love, we can replace other words for God in the Bible with the word Love.
Interesting revelations and insights are received.
"The Lord is my Shepherd"
"Love is my Shepherd".
We are led by Love.
Click to read the whole of the Lord's my Shepherd Prayer Psalm 23
Or click on the link below to find a full list of prayers on this spiritual website.