Yes, it does indeed (1John 4:8 + 1Corinthians 15:27-28).
But as you can see from examining the contexts of these verses, they aren’t exactly speaking about romantic love within a dating relationship. They’re about much, much more…
So, are all those random inspirational dating quotes really true? If not, which of them fit within the parameters of the Bible’s teachings about love? You want something to grasp that’s real!
Plus, which verses from the Bible can be applied to dating? Isn’t there something about romance in all those pages? You want to see God’s view of romantic love through the Scriptures.
Well, this is the spot for you! We’re going to take a look at some key verses related to the proper way to love your boyfriend or girlfriend. Then, we’ll take a look at how God revealed love to others by soaking up some of their most inspirational quotes.
Bible Verses About Love
The Bible isn’t silent on the matter of romantic love. However, when it addresses the topic of love, it’s usually describing a higher form of love. It all stems from the different Greek words for love.
“Eros” is the Greek word for the romantic kind of love. “Agape” love is what the Bible concerns itself with. It’s the highest form of love. It’s a selfless, sacrificial love that based upon the intrinsic value of others.
These are some Bible verses about “agape” love that also can be applied to the “eros” love for your partner in dating.
1 John 4:16 (NIV)
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love.
Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”
1 Peter 4:8 (ESV)
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”
Colossians 3:12-14 (ISV)
“Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Be tolerant of one another and forgive each other if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, you also should forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which ties everything together in unity.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 & 13 (NIV)
“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…and now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Ephesians 5:25 (NASB)
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,”
Romans 12:9 (NIV)
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”
1 Corinthians 16:14 (ESV)
“Let all that you do be done in love.”
Godly Dating Quotes
Is love just a four-letter word? Or is love a feeling? Does it involve taking action? Could it also be a permanent decision?
Poets have written about it. Philosophers have debated its impact. Scientists have studied its effects. Every person you ask will have an opinion about it…its existence is undeniable.
Words often fall short when attempting to describe love’s impact, but that hasn’t stopped people from trying to explain it. Here are some quotes about love from godly people who have both studied and experienced it in detail. Enjoy!
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
“A woman’s heart should be so close to God that a man should have to chase Him to find her.”
“When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.”
“Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.”
“There is no more lovely, friendly or charming relationship, communion or company, than a good marriage.”
“As God by creation made two of one, so again by marriage He made one of two.”
“Men, you’ll never be a good groom to your wife unless you’re first a good bride to Jesus.”
“The desire to get married is a good desire. It may even be a desire woven into [you] by the Creator of the universe.”
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”
Henry Ward Beecher
“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”
“Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.”
“I cannot love you as I love myself until I love God as I ought to love Him.”
Dwight L. Moody
“Faith makes all things possible; love makes all things easy.”
“Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do.”
“The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.”
“You can always give without loving, but you can never love without giving.”