Lest it ever be thought that love is not at the heart of Christian faith, it is worth noting that in the sacred texts that lie at the heart of the Christian faith, the word love appears in some form, over 1,000 times.

The New Testament contains some of the most profound and beautiful teachings about love. The New Testament texts on love deserve to be read and re-read in order to allow their power to seep into one’s being. 

Here and over the next few days are a selection of New Testament texts that touch on love:

‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax-collectors do the same? (Matthew 5:43-46)

When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. ‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ He said to him, ‘ “You shall love… (Matthew 22:34-37)

I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.’ (Luke 7:47)

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. (John 3:16)

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’ (John 13:34, 35)

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’ (John 15:9)