What The Bible and the World Say About Love

Love is an action.  Love is a feeling.  Love is an expression.  Love is spelled T-I-M-E.  If you ask, “what is love?” to 20 people you may receive 20 different responses.

What exactly is love?  How do you define love?  And whose definition of love is correct?

51 love sayings from the Bible and the world
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The online dictionary defines love as the following:

an intense feeling of deep affection.  a person or thing that one loves.  feel a deep romantic or sexual attachment to (someone).

Love lessons from the Bible and around the world… published an article of 25 love sayings from around the world.  It gives a worldwide perspective on what different cultures think about love.  As a Christian and Bible reader, I’ve read many Bible verses about love.  Some are pretty deep, and some you might assume come from a graphic novel if you didn’t know the source.

Below I’ve compiled the YourTango list and a list of Bible verses to make 51 love sayings from the Bible and the world.  Read on and see if you are surprised by any of them.

  1. His love for her was so strong that it seemed to him but a few days. Genesis 29:20
  2. Coffee and love taste best when hot. Ethiopian proverb
  3. May her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love. Proverbs 5:19
  4. There is no cure for love other than marriageIrish proverb
  5. Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs. Proverbs 10:12
  6. Nothing is impossible for a willing heart. French proverb
  7. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them. Proverbs 13:24
  8. He who loves you will make you weep. Argentinian proverb
  9. A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate. Proverbs 15:17 
  10. Love itself is calm; turbulence arrives from individuals. Chinese proverb
  11. Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends. Proverbs 17:9
  12. Where there is love there is no darkness. Burundian proverb
  13. A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17
  14. Love sickness hurts but does not kill. Mexican proverb
  15. Things that amaze me—…how a man loves a woman. Proverbs 30:18-19
  16. You can’t tell the cost of food and fuel without being the head of a household; you can’t appreciate the love of your parents without having children of your own. Chinese proverb
  17. Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth— for your love is more delightful than wine. Song of Solomon 1:2
  18. One thread for the needle, one love for the heart. Sudanese proverb
  19. My lover is mine, and I am his.  Song of Solomon 2:16
  20. In love, beggar and king are equal. Indian proverb
  21. How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine. Song of Solomon 4:10
  22. He who treads the path of love walks a thousand meters as if it were only one. Japanese proverb
  23. For love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Song of Solomon 8:6
  24. Love has to be shown by deeds not words. Swahili proverb
  25. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned. Song of Solomon 8:7
  26. A day lasts until it’s chased away, but love lasts until the grave. Irish proverb
  27. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:37—39
  28. Love is a despot who spares no one. Namibian proverb
  29. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
  30. Love understands all languages. Romanian proverb
  31. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
  32. All men have three ears, one on the left of his head, one on the right and one in his heart.Armenian proverb
  33. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:8
  34. It is love that makes the impossible possible. Indian proverb
  35. These three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
  36. Lovers’ hearts are linked together and always beat as one. Chinese proverb
  37. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Ephesians 5:25
  38. Love makes a man both blind and deaf. Arabian proverb
  39. Each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Ephesians 5:33
  40. Love is blind, so you have to feel your way. Brazilian proverb
  41. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:14
  42. Love lives in cottages as well as in court. English proverb
  43. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
  44. Try to reason about love and you will lose your reason. French proverb
  45. 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. 1 John 3:16
  46. There is no love like the first love. Italian proverb
  47. Let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18
  48. A life without love is like a year without summer. Lithuanian proverb
  49. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8
  50. The heart that loves is always young. Greek proverb
  51. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear. 1 John 4:18

What is your favorite love saying?

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