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God loves us with such incredible love. He wants us to experience incredible, life-changing love, mercy, and compassion not only from him, but from those around us. And he wants us to show that love to others.
The call to love and help others in tangible ways — especially those weaker than ourselves — runs throughout the Bible. We’re to love our neighbors, foreigners, our enemies … there’s no getting out of it. The call to love is often difficult, but it’s also a reminder of how God loves us: relentlessly, completely, and without expectation of return.
Here are 30 of our favorite verses about God’s call to love others. (All verses from the New International Version.)
1. Deuteronomy 15:7-8
If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them. Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need.
2. Deuteronomy 15:11
There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.
3. Job 6:14
Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.PUT LOVE IN ACTION
4. Psalm 41:1
Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.
5. Psalm 82:2-4
“How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked? Defend the cause of the weak and the fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
6. Proverbs 3:27
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
7. Proverbs 14:31
Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
8. Proverbs 17:17
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
9. Proverbs 19:17
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.
10. Proverbs 22:9
The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.
11. Proverbs 31:8-9
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
12. Isaiah 1:17
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.
13. Isaiah 58:6-7
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”
14. Micah 6:8
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
15. Zechariah 7:9
This is what the Lord Almighty said: “Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.”
16. Matthew 5:16
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
17. Matthew 25:37-40
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ ”
18. Luke 3:10-11
“What should we do then?” the crowd asked.
John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”
19. Luke 6:35-36
“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
20. Luke 6:38
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
21. Luke 12:33-34
“Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
22. John 15:12-13
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
23. Romans 12:9-10
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
24. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
25. Galatians 6:2
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
26. Philippians 2:3-4
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
27. Hebrews 13:16
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
28. James 2:14-17
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
29. 1 Peter 4:10-11
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
30. 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.
God’s call to love others is audacious. We’re to put others ahead of ourselves, love people we don’t like (or don’t even know), and share our resources generously. It’s a love that forces us to grow — we can’t love like Jesus did without our hearts changing.
Lord, help us to love people as you love them. Lead us step by step into a greater understanding of what it means to love our neighbors as ourselves. Amen.
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These wonderful verses are regarding giving.Thanks for sharing.
God bless you.
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Thanks so much for this bible verses . I now know more about God’s love. Thanks and God bless you
Thank you so much for these wonderful verses. I have a question here. I am seeing someone in need and I have something to give but my heart doesn’t feel like giving (as it’s the nature of my heart), do I have to force myself to give, or I don’t give? If I force myself to give, will God really bless me?
Sometimes you should give, even if you dont want to. You give because you want to be obedient to God. Then as you are obedient, the joy will follow. Xx
Bro david, may the peace of our love jesus Christ be with you, please brother, you need to train your heart and let love grow in it, and don’t give because you are expecting something in return, be it from man or from God, but give to others from a pure and a very clean heart, give to them because you truly love them, give to them because you both are carrying God’s image, through that, you are doing it for God, and is the rewarder of every good deeds, he knows what you need and he will surely surprise you, thank you sir, shalom
I love these verses need to copy this in my phone so I can be reminded that
Faith without works is dead👍😘
These verses are very meaningful!
God cherishes every one of us as though there were just one of us.
Thanks for these verses that I have just eaten, so that when is TIME for me to do good, I can be good.
God bless you and increase your Ministry.
How beautiful. I was looking BFF or quotes about human justice in the Bible – I’m
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Requesting one to us even though they not interested to come to us is not love?
Thank you so much for The call of love chapters. I’ve learnt a lot. God bless you.
Thanks for these Bible verses they’re really a blessing.
Thanks for these verses.
The love amongst ourselves in this world today, reflects how close or far we are from the presence of God’s wonderful love…
Thank you for the words of life, my bread this morning…
Thank you!! God bless po :))
God almighty is love and kind.
God is good
May God bless the people behind this. I have been struggling to love people (especially at facing racism) for some time now. It has not only drained my energy but severely affected my spiritual life. Thank you so much for enlightening us with Christ’s love and embody that in our own lives.
Giving love can be a word of support, a hug, sitting with someone who is hurting, listening, sharing a story, a smile …… GOD will be there with you. Opening our hearts can to difficult when we have been hurt and feel alone. But you deserve to live your best life! A tiny step is the way to start, then another step, and another step. GOD is there inside of you, loving you through each tiny step in your life.
These tips will surely help us to reach God in faster way.
Thanks, for these nice verses, it’s good to Loves❤ Oneanather love poors, orphans and help leases, through our works we love to us, God bless you, John, 3:16, God loves to world, and sinners those who believe they got Entarnallife, Love Love………. And live happily on this World,
it’s good to loves,
this is life changing word to our life,
Thank you for your wonderful massage of truth, may the good Lord bless and impower you people more and more with his holy spirit, guide and protect you all in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.
Amen,I want to be the witness of love
Me too. So much. More and more each day…
You mostly focus on people. You forgot about the Animals 😀
Very good verses though 😀😀
God bless you
Am so grateful for making my slides easy for me. The Scriptures are very Deep and straight to transform life. God bless you so much.
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May the lord bless you your
Loving others is essential especially for us of the Christian faith. People bring each other down because of hatred and lack of regard for others. But if we choose to embrace love in the society, we would make this world a better place to live in.
Glory to Jesus. I have been greatly blessed by the merticulously arranged verses of the scripture that explicitly teaches us about both our love to God and to fellow man expressed through giving. God bless this ministry greatly in Jesus name, Amen 🙏🏾