(1) an intense feeling of deep affection
(2) strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties
(3) passion or strong liking
(4) enjoy very much
All scripture is from the New Living Translation (NLT) unless noted otherwise. Permission on section title page.
Psalms 59:17 ESV
O my Strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.
For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
Psalms 103:13 ESV
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him.
But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children.
…you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.
For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
for the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God.
And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much.
1 John 3:1
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.
1 John 4:9
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.
1 John 4:10
This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.