I’m always passionate about spreading hope, peace and God’s love with others because that’s what being a witness of Jesus Christ is about about.
Love is a priceless virtue that we must all covet, and Bible not only teaches us about its power and role in successful marriages but also provides us with guidelines as to how to go about loving each other.
When done right, love can truly bring peace, joy, and healing to our marriage.
Over the course of this article, I’ll elaborate on the importance of love, the teachings of the Bible regarding marriage, and the various ways we can use them to bring about harmony and reconciliation.
Bible verses About Love and Marriage
Here are 50 of the most relevant bible verses about love and marriage:
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
“Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”
1 Corinthians 7:1-4
“Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.
“Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.”
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.”
“Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”
“Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.”
“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”
” Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it”
“Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.”
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
1 Peter 4:8
“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.”
“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”
“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.”
“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
“And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.”
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
1 Peter 3:7
“Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”
1 John 4:7-11
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”
1 Thessalonians 4:3-7
“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.”
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
1 Corinthians 16:14
“Let all your things be done with charity.”
“For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.”
“Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”
1 Corinthians 13:13
“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
2 Corinthians 6:14
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.”
“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.”
“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.”
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
2 John 1:5-6
“And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.”
“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.”
Song of Solomon 2:16
“My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.”
Song of Solomon 8:6-7
“Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.”
“But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
1 Corinthians 7:10-13
“And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.”
“And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers. And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the Lord their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the Lord their God.”
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”
Prayer to Grow in Love with Spouse
Heavenly Father, I come before you today to lift up my marriage.
As I prepare for this special day with my spouse, fill my heart with Your love so that I may demonstrate it to my beloved.
Lord, You know the innermost desires of my heart, and how I long to take this relationship to the next level.
Grant me a greater understanding of how to truly love my spouse, and show me how I can improve my behavior and attitude to create an atmosphere of mutual respect.
Give me more patience and grace as I work each day to build up our relationship and to honor our commitment.
Help me to stay focused and intentional in nurturing but also to protect our time together.
Let my words be filled with kindness and admiration for my spouse, and in all situations may kindness be the first response.
Grant me selflessness, generosity, and commitment to finding ways to make this love thrive.
Help me to be mindful of my spouse’s needs, and may I respond with enthusiasm and joy to build trust and harmony in this relationship.
My prayer today is that our love continues to grow and deepen and that You grant us the strength and courage to fulfill the vows that we have taken before You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
How to Apply These Bible Verses to Your Life
A Christian’s life should be based on believing and living by the teachings of the Bible.
As such, the verses about love and marriage should be used as the basis for the foundation of any Christian marriage.
When reading these verses, one should take into account the context of the verse.
Often, the verses will provide insight into God’s expected behavior in relationships and marriage.
Love Each Other Unconditionally
For example, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 states: “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
This passage highlights the importance of loving one another fully.
As a Christian married couple, this should be the attitude taken when conflicts or issues arise.
Communication in a Marriage
The Bible also gives instructions on communication in a marriage. In Ephesians 4:29 it states, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
This encourages couples to communicate with respect and love, not out of sarcasm or insult.
Through these Bible verses and others, Christian couples should strive to practice unconditional love in a God-honoring marriage. As Scripture states, “Love is patient and kind” (1 Corinthians 13:4).
By following this principle, couples can build a strong marriage rooted in the teachings of the Bible.
How to Grow in Love with Your Spouse
As a Christian couple, it is important to keep the love you share strong and continuously growing.
One of the best ways to do this is to focus on how the Bible instructs us to love our spouses.
Here are some ways to grow in love for your spouse, from a biblical perspective:
- Pray for your spouse daily. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, we are instructed to “pray without ceasing”. When you pray for your spouse, ask for God’s help for your needs, hopes and concerns. Let God know that you’d like His help for your marriage, for your spouse and for yourselves as individuals.
- Spend quality time together. In Matthew 19:5, it says “the two shall become one”. Quality time together with your spouse is important and helps grow the bond you share. Make sure to take a few minutes to step away from your everyday lives and just spend time together.
- Talk and listen to each other. Ephesians 4:29 states “let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” When you talk with your spouse, make sure that it’s not only to get a point across, but to nurture and build a connection between the two of you.
- Show kindness, respect, and understanding. In 1 Peter 3:7, it says “husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel”. Treat your spouse with respect and understanding, just like God shows us.
- Read your Bible together. Read the Bible together, talk about what you’ve read, and ask each other questions about it. Reading scriptures together allows the two of you to understand each other better and strengthen your relationship.
By following these biblical guidelines, you can grow in love for your spouse and strengthen your relationship.
Keeping love alive in your marriage is a beautiful and important part of being a Christian couple.
Jesus Loves You
Do you feel discouraged or lost in life? The good news is that Jesus loves you!
Jesus wants to fill your life with hope and purpose. He offers you peace, joy, and contentment.
You can experience a new life with Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. It starts by recognizing your need for a Savior, which means admitting that you are a sinner.
Then you have to believe that Jesus is the only way to salvation. And lastly, you need to accept Jesus into your heart and life to experience a new life of joy and blessing.
By accepting Jesus into your heart, you gain freedom from sin and its effects on your relationships and life.
You now become part of God’s family and experience His unconditional love and grace.
You can experience a purposeful and meaningful life, by following Jesus’ teaching of goodness and mercy.
So why not open your heart to Jesus Christ and invite Him to be your personal Lord and Savior?
He will never leave you, but will always be with you; He will give you everything you need and will comfort and guide you on your journey.
It’s time to invite Jesus into your life and let Him fill it with peace, joy, and love.
Jesus loves you, so take that step and start the journey that will bring you closer to God.
In conclusion, love and marriage play an important role in our lives. They can bring joy, security, togetherness, and fulfillment.
But, as with any relationship, they require hard work and dedication to maintain.
As we can see, understanding the complexities of marriage, loving and respecting one another, learning to communicate effectively, and finding balance and compromise are all key elements to a successful and long-lasting relationship.
Love and marriage remain a fascinating, yet ever-changing concept in our society.
With dedication, understanding, and the right frame of mind, a happy and healthy relationship is possible.