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God's Unconditional Love through 6 Encouraging Bible Verses

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Don't let anyone steal your joy. No matter how hard your situation is, you can choose to focus on what God says. God's love is perfect, pure, faithful, and forgiving. The ultimate source of encouragement is that God is love. He loves us and has perfect plans for us. His love knows no boundaries.

It is clear from even a random reading that the Bible stresses the importance of love. The Bible even says that God is defined as love. It would not be an overstatement to mention that each action that's pleasing to God is driven by Love. Just like there are totally different meanings and forms of the word 'love' in the English language, similarly, there are totally different meanings for it in the Bible as well, particularly the New Testament. We will be concentrating on the New Testament words for 'love'.

The Greek words for 'Love' in the book of New Testament

It seems that, in times of New Testament, there were a minimum of four totally different Greek words that we translate as the word 'love' of the modern English. This variety truly helps us in understanding different forms of love that exists.

  • EROS (Pronounced: AIR-ohs) is the Greek word for romantic or sensual love. The term originated from the mythological Greek goddess of love, physical attraction, sexual desire and physical love. Eros described the healthy, common expressions of physical love. In the Scriptures, eros primarily refers to those expressions of love carried between a husband and his wife. 
  • STORGE (Pronounced: STOR-jay) is a term for love in the Bible that you just might not be conversant in. This Greek word describes family love, the caring bond that develops naturally between children and parents, and sisters and brothers. Several examples of family love are found in Scripture, like the mutual protection between Noah and his wife, the love of Jacob for his sons, and also the sturdy love the sisters Martha and Mary had for their brother Lazarus. It's the result of habitation that develops day after day and settling into each other's rhythms, instead of a "love at first sight" kind of love.
  • PHILEO (Pronounced: FILL-ee-uh) is the kind of intimate love in the Bible that almost all Christians follow toward each other. This term describes the powerful emotional bond seen in deep friendships. Phileo is the most general form of love in Scripture, encompassing love for fellow humans, respect, care, and compassion for people in need. The idea of brotherly love that unites believers is exclusive to Christianity.
  • AGAPE (Pronounced: Uh-GAH-pay) is the highest of the four types of love in the Bible. This term defines God's unconditional, immense love for human race. It's the divine love that comes from God. Agape love is ideal, unconditional and pure. Jesus Christ exhibited this type of divine love towards his Father and all humanity in the approach he lived and died.

Does God Love unconditionally?

No. God hates the wicked (Psalm 11:5). Once the Lord Saviour comes back, He will inflict "vengeance on those who don't recognize God and those who do not obey the Gospel of our Lord Saviour. They're going to suffer the penalization of eternal destruction." (2 Thessalonians 1:8,9). If we have a tendency to don't recognize God and don't obey God, we should always not be placed comfortably by the thought of God's love, however, we should always be terrified by the thought of God's judgment.

Yet there are some ways in which God's love is unconditional. God “is kind to the ungrateful and therefore the evil” (Luke 6:35). He desires all individuals to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). After we become believers, we all know that God has adorned us with a special kind of unconditional love. His love for us isn't based on something that we did, however, flows from who God is, as a result of " while we were still sinners, Christ died for us: (Roman 5:9).

What does the Bible say regarding unconditional love?

His expression of unconditional love is found throughout the Bible. Though we have a tendency to sway away from the atonement of our sins and God's ways, he never stops loving us in our journey to morality. The Bible shows us that God's unconditional love never fails and not motivated by personal gain.

Delve into some of the most loved Bible verses regarding God's love. Below are few:

Bible verses regarding Gods Love

God is Love! If we want the true example of affection, it's in our creator God. Often, God's love is remarked as Agape love that is the highest kind of love that's sacrificial and selfless. It's unconditional, faithful and unchanging. Agape defines God's immeasurable, exceptional love for the human race. Its his ongoing, outgoing, self-giving concern for lost and fallen people. God offers this love without condition, unreservedly to people who are unworthy and inferior to him. One vital side of agape love is that it extends on the far side emotions. It's way more than a sense or sentiment. Below is some Scripture of God's love for you!

  • "Beloved, let us love each other, for love is from God. Whoever loves has been born of God and is aware of God. Anyone who doesn't love doesn't recognize God, because God is love." 1John 4: 7-8
  • "This is how God showed his love for us: He sent his only begotten son into the world that we would live through him. This is love: not that we love God, however, that he loved us and sent his only Son as a sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God, therefore, loved us, we also ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God, but if we love each other, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. "John 4: 9-12
  • "And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we have courage on the Day of Judgment? There is no fear in love. However perfect love drives out fear, as a result of fear hath torment. He that fear isn't made perfect in love." 1John 4: 16-18 
  • "We love because he first loved us." 1John 4:19 “As the Father loved me, I also have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you may abide in my love, even as I've kept My Father's commandments and abide in his love.” John 15: 9-10
  • “This is my commandment, love one another as I've loved you. Greater love has no one than this, to put down one's life for one's friends.” John 15: 12-13
  • “Know so that the Lord, your God is God, the trustworthy God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep his commandments to a thousand generation.”Deuteronomy 7:9
  • “Behold what manner of love the Father hath given upon us, that we must always be called the sons of God! So the world knows us not, as a result of it knew Him not." 1John 3:1

The greatest example of God's unconditional love

In the New Testament, the Greek words that we tend to translate 'love' have nuances that facilitate us to understand them a bit better. However, God has not left us to surprise what He views as love. He has given us the clearest example in His Son. The best example of love and affection can be seen in Jesus Christ who came on to the earth in human flesh to die on a cross for our sin.

"… However God shows his love for us therein whereas we tend to were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:6-8, John 15:13).

"For God thus love the world, that he gave his solely Son, that whoever believes in him shouldn't perish but away have eternal life" (John 3:16 ESV).

It is this love that we tend to, as Christians, hope to share with a sinful, lost, and hurting world.

Dr. Mukta Mani

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Infertility Evaluation / Treatment, Gynecologist Dr. Mukta Mani
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Dr. Mukta Mani is a renowned gynecologist and obstetrician who has been in practice for the last 2 decades. She has gained extensive knowledge and clinical expertise in the field of gynecology and obstetrics. She has gained expertise in In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), Menopause, and Copper T insertion and removal. Dr. Mukta has pursued MBBS and MS in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Dr. S.N. Medical College, Jodhpur in 1991 and 1994 respectively. She is an eminent member of Indian Medical Association and Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI). She is presently practicing at Kumar’s Clinic and Kumar's Hospital located in Sector 56, Noida and Greater Noida respectively. You can get contact details of Dr. Mukta Mani at elawoman.com

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    Mayank Rana

    I came across this article around a minute ago and this article inspired me to read the Bible. I became a better person now and I would love to share my best verse i.e "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfu...

    Nov. 8, 2018, 7:38 p.m. 5.0

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    Jatin Gulathi

    I used to have bible classes during my school and I still remember some of its verses.

    Oct. 26, 2018, 5:12 p.m. 5.0

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    Shankar Mohira

    I loved the Greek words for love. Children now read the Bible as a subject in their school and they even know much better than us about the Bible. I am really curious to read the Bible now.

    Oct. 16, 2018, 10:43 a.m. 4.5

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    Divyangali Mehra

    I haven't read the bible ever but the words listed in this article touched my heart. And I am looking forward to reading it on my own. I think I will get to learn a lot from this.

    Oct. 15, 2018, 11:26 p.m. 4.5

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    James Joe

    The bible verses are beautifully listed in this article, encouraging us to love and care each and every living in this world. Thanks for making me recall my bible reading again.

    Oct. 13, 2018, 4:48 p.m. 5.0

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    Tanuj Natterraja

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