Top 10 Love Bible Verses for Valentine’s Day

Little girl with love glasses

In the next few days leading up to Valentine’s Day, love will be marketed in advertisements and store displays.  Love will be equated with chocolate and cards and flowers and romance.

And yes, love can be demonstrated in these ways.  But as followers of Christ, we know that love is so much more!  Communicating that kind of love to our children in our homes, neighborhoods, and ministries is essential.

Compiled here is a toolbox of scripture references that define love.  Use these verses for personal reflection, lesson plans, games, as memory verses, creative gifts for your students, in visual displays, and in cards that you write.  God gave us no better definition of love than in His son Jesus.  Let’s communicate His perfect love at this time of year – and all the year through!

1.  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.

2.  1 John 3:1
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

3.  1 John 3:16
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.

4.  1 John 4:7-12
Dear friends: let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

5.  1 Corinthians 13: 4-8; 13
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.

6.  John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

7.  Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

8.  Romans 8:37
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

9.  Ephesians 3:18-20
I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

10.  Ephesians 5:1
Follow God’s example; therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

What are your favorite scripture references that define love? Leave a comment below to share your favorites.


  1. pauline forbes says

    great idea for teaching children about god,s love and valentine at the same time god bless,and thank you.

  2. Nancy says

    Thanks for the good ideas! Will be using them the day after
    Valentine’s Day for a mini-party with my God’s Kids….so sense
    in wasting a lovely idea….used the Valentine Acrostic for a
    card on their goody bag, and the games sound good…thank
    you for your wonderful website.

    Miss Nancy-God’s Kids

  3. Seble says

    Thank you for sharing this. it is very interesting.
    the kind of challenge we are having now is cultural mix because of globalization. I am from Ethiopia, I do not remember people or media talking about valentine day when I grow-up. now everything turns in to read everywhere and kids actually talk about it a lot.
    I thought there wont be any biblical background that I can link valentine day to. As you have mentioned earlier, the day is basically related to romance and stuffs like that.
    So, this is good; now I can talk about the greater love and can tell kids about it.


  4. says


    Love this idea. It is quite a personal challenge as well – very humbling. Thank you for sharing it!!!!

  5. Laura Northrop says

    Thank you so much for these Bible verses!!! Perfect timing! I will write them on the 10 hearts that I hide for the “find the heart” game I will play with the kids this Sunday!

    Love your website…God Bless!


  6. chanda says

    For several years, I have used 1Corinthians 13:4-8;13 with children. I have printed out the verses on magnetic paper to make magnets for kids to take home and to study. What I share with them is to study the verse daily, and to make one change: when reading aloud the verse, use their name in place of the word “Love”. So ask yourself if you are what the verse says about love. If not, then continue praying that God will allow you to be a 1 Corinthian 13 person.

  7. says

    Thanks for all your wonderful help! I can’t wait for Tuesday to roll around to see what great materials you can send me !You have been a blessing. Keep up the good work! Love to you and your family and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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