Some of the greatest instructions on love are found in the Scriptures. The teachings of Jesus and the authors of Scripture provide the best teachings on love found anywhere.
One Scripture on Love which challenges and surprises us is the teaching of Jesus is Luke 6:35.
But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
Jesus introduced the highest version of the Golden Rule that the earth has ever seen in Luke 6:31. Most religions in the world teach that we must not do to others what we don’t want them to do to us. Jesus took it further, and say we should treat others in good ways, just as we want to be treated.
Now, in Luke 6:35, He takes the Scripture principle of love to the divine extreme: We are to actually love our enemies, and not do bad to them, even if they do bad to us.
Who can live this way? Jesus Christ did. While we were yet sinners, He died for us. And of course, He was following the example of God who loved us so much, that He sent Jesus to this earth to die for us. So this is the kind of love that God and Jesus have for all of us, and if we are followers of Jesus, it is the kind of love that He wants us to have for everybody else.
It is not just love for those who love us, but love for those who hate us and wish to harm to us. This is God’s kind of love.
As children of God, we are His ambassadors on earth. When people look at us, they should be able to see what God Himself is like.
The New Living Translation puts it this way: “Love your enemies! Do good to them! Lend to them! And don’t be concerned that they might not repay. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to the unthankful and to those who are wicked.”
Scriptural Books on Love
Here are some helpful books for learning more about what Scripture teaches on the topic of love. Click on a book below to see pricing and reviews.