Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
Of all of the hundreds of verses that address the love of God, almost all of them say “steadfast love,” and they combine that with the fact that “God is good” or “faithful.” I found it interesting that this was so consistent. There must be a reason that God wants us to put those attributes with His love. (These were never mentioned in connection with human love.)
Although I did not copy them all (Psalms has hundreds more), I know that this is still a lot of verses, but it’s the truth that speaks to our hearts and sets us free. I hope you will take time to read through these, or maybe print them and read them throughout the week. I know you will be blessed and encouraged.
Steadfast – fixed in direction; steadily directed: a steadfast gaze; firm in purpose, resolution, faith, attachment, etc., as a person: a steadfast friend; unwavering, as resolution, faith, adherence, etc.; firmly established; firmly fixed in place or position.
Good – morally excellent; virtuous; righteous; pious; satisfactory in quality, quantity, or degree; of high quality; excellent.
Faithful – strict or thorough in the performance of duty; true to one’s word, promises, vows, etc.; steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant; reliable, trusted, or believed.
Exodus 34:5-7a The Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin.
2 Chronicles 6:14 O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven or on earth, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart.
Nehemiah 1:5 O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments.
Job 10:12 You have granted me life and steadfast love,and your care has preserved my spirit.
Psalm 21:7 For the king trusts in the Lord,and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.
Psalm 31:7-8 I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,because you have seen my affliction;you have known the distress of my soul, and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;you have set my feet in a broad place.
Psalm 59:16-17 But I will sing of your strength;I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.For you have been to me a fortressand a refuge in the day of my distress. O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,for you, O God, are my fortress,the God who shows me steadfast love.
Psalm 69:13 But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord.At an acceptable time, O God,in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.
Psalm 85:10-12a Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;righteousness and peace kiss each other. Faithfulness springs up from the ground,and righteousness looks down from the sky. Yes, the Lord will give what is good.
Psalm 136:26 Give thanks to the God of heaven,for his steadfast love endures forever. (“For his steadfast love endures forever” is repeated 26 times in this Psalm)
Hosea 2:19-20 And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy. I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the Lord.
Micah 7:18 Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquityand passing over transgressionfor the remnant of his inheritance?He does not retain his anger forever,because he delights in steadfast love.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
John 13:34 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.
John 14:21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.
Romans 5:3-5 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Romans 5:6-8 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Ephesians 3:16-21 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
2 Thessalonians 3:5 May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
Hebrews 12:5b-6 My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,and chastises every son whom he receives.
1 John 3:1a See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.
1 John 3:16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
1 John 4:7-12 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
I felt that this passage summed up the love of God best:
Romans 8:31-39 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 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.
Original material by Holly M. Besser. Perfect Joy Ministries ©2013. May not be used or re-printed without permission. bsbp39p07-25-13