Love and the Bible: Connecting with Each Other

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There are many forms of love. While romantic love is what many think of during Valentine's Day, we should also remember God's agape or self-sacrificing and unconditional love for each of us. There's also brotherly love that we share with one another.

At Catholic Relief Services, we are lucky enough to see love every day. This Valentine's Day we want to share those good feelings paired with our favorite Bible verses with you. 


father and child in Kenya

Luke 6:31 “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
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Burkina Faso

family in Burkina Faso

1 John 4:18-19 “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. We love because he first loved us.”
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tree in Ghana

Romans 13:10 “Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
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child running in Ghana

1 John 3:1 “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”
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cactus in Mexico

1 John 4:7 “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”
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South Sudan

young friends in South Sudan

Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”
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Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza

worker hands

1 John 3:16-18 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
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father lifts son in Malawi

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
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kariba dam Zimbabwe

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
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Central African Republic

peacebuilding in Central African Republic

Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
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faithful house Tanzania

1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
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