What God Says About Love (+ Kid Friendly Verses)
The Bible has tons of verses that highlight what God says about love. I decided to pick out a few of my personal favorites, along with ones that I feel are appropriated for training up a little one in the faith and are also convicting for us moms as well!
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I have organized these verses as follows: God’s love for us, how we are called to love as Christians, and finally, how love sets us apart as being obedient to–and known by–God.
Bible Verses About Love
We love because He first loved us.
1 John 4:19
But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
And this commandment we have from Him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
1 John 4:21
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
1 John 4:7
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Let all that you do be done in love.
1 Corinthians 16:14
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey His commandments.
1 John 5:2
But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.
1 Corinthians 8:3
*Scripture quotations are from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Memory Verse for Little Ones
While any of these would be great verses for us to memorize, the shorter ones would be great for preschoolers and even toddlers! The first verse my son ever memorized, at age 3, was 1 Corinthians 16:14 (Let all that you do be done in love). You can find some of the other memory verses we did, or plan to do, in this post!
I chose to start with this because 3 year olds are kind of the worst.
It turned out to be the perfect verse to use to start teaching empathy and leading my little man to treat others kindly!
Whenever he was being too rough with the cat, refused to share a toy (or took one away from someone else), said something that wasn’t so nice–or any other fun, common boundary testing situation–I was able to direct him to kindness and thinking of God’s word.
By doing this, he is not only learning about who God is, he is learning that he can always turn to and depend on Him–even in normal, every day situations. That’s a huge win in my book!
Takeaway for Mom
As you probably know, I co-lead the women’s Bible study at my church and I also volunteer as a teacher in our toddler/preschool room (a monthly commitment). My teacher brain definitely kicked in while I was storing verses away for this post! (P.S. — These are the free resources I use to plan lessons and find verses/info for my posts)
We don’t have to look far to find out what God says about love. There are tons of verses, direct and indirect, about this topic in the Bible. In sorting through these verses and selecting the ones that I thought were most relevant, I definitely felt both convicted and inspired! Here is what stood out the most:
- Our children need to be rooted in a deep sense of God’s love. As do we. If all love stems from God, we need to recognize His love for us and use that source to fuel the love we are able to expend in His name.
- We are called to love like God does. Not just when it is convenient or easy, but even when it is hurtful and difficult.
- Focusing on these verses shows how deeply we are called to love–and show that love–for others. This points back to how greatly God loves us, even while we are still sinful and flawed human beings.
- We are set apart by this love. The world knows we are His because of how we love. We are setting an example for everyone watching, and…
- There is a direct correlation between our desire to love others and our relationship with God.
Teaching Points for Kids
Understanding scripture for ourselves is key to teaching. Now that I explained what I personally got out of those verses, I’d like to suggest that you do the same!
Think about what they mean to you before you continue on here, because next up I’m sharing a few core lessons for our little ones on what God says about love that come from these verses.
Seriously, go ahead and read through them!
Make sure you are considering what kind of things are going on in your own life and your child’s life so you know how best to make these points most relevant to your specific needs.
Okay, on to the lessons for littles!
God Loves You
The basic concept of unconditional love for our children usually comes from mommy (and what a gift that we get it in return!).
Using scripture and our own example, we can teach our little ones that God loves them even more than we do!
This is important because our relationship with and identity in God depend on knowing that He loves us and we are His. Only out of that understanding are we able to fully submit to loving Him in return, because all love flows from Him in the first place.
This is a huge one for obvious reasons.
Not only does God specifically ask this of us in His word, but He knows that the most fulfilled we will ever be on earth is directly related to the strength of our relationship with Him. He created and satisfies the human heart!
Little one seem to easily understand this complex concept, and could probably give us a lesson in such a pure and willing love as well!
These are great verses for teaching your little one to be more kind, gentle, or inclusive.
The biggest struggles our children go through have to do with relating to the world and people around them, and expressing those feelings and experiences.
Remind your child of one of these verses when it is time to apologize, share, take turns, use good manners, or do something nice for someone else. They are usually quick to jump on board!
Share the Love!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this post or any tips and advice you have for using scripture to help your children (or yourself!) learn more about how to apply God’s love to your life–both in receiving it and showing it. Share your experience in the comments below!
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