I want to find out which books of the Bible are most about love. Every time “love” is used in a Bible book, I’ll take that number and divide it by the number of words in that book. A lot of people use the Logos Bible Software to make this easy.
This way, we can see which books have the most verses about love in them. Here’s what we’re getting:
First John says a lot about love
If you read this book, you’ll see why. John wants Christians to be able to tell truth from lies, brothers from enemies, and light from darkness, so he is writing this letter to them. When John talks about things, love is a big part of how he makes sense of them. John thinks that the best way to tell if someone is a true Christian is if they love each other.
With the L-word, no Bible book comes close to 1 John. One of every 50 words that you read in John is the word “love.”
Second John is about love, truth, and obedience
2 Icon: John’s free Bible
In this letter, there is only one chapter, but it still talks about love four times. This short book of the Bible talks about how truth, love, and obedience all work together. Love and truth. This is how it works. Love: John loves people who know the truth, because the truth “stays” with them (2 Jn 1–2). When two people know the truth, they love each other.
People who follow the truth and do what they say. that His children should live in truth (2 Jn 4). When you know the truth, you automatically do what is right. In order to be good, you have to obey. In other words, “love one another” is not a new commandment from God (2 Jn 5). People who obey God show that they love His church, and people who love God show that they obey God (2 Jn 6).
Song of Solomon is about sexual love
Love for one another is the subject of the two books we’ve already read. There are a lot of people who think of love in terms of romantic or sexual love when they think of it today. Lucky for us, the Bible isn’t silent about that. In fact, there’s a whole book in the Bible that talks about how a man and a woman feel when they’re together. It’s Solomon’s song. This song (or anthology of songs) has more of that Valentine’s Day love than the other songs. It’s a heartfelt poem in which a bride and groom show how much they love and want each other.
Song of Solomon is a great book in the Bible. It’s very interesting. I think it’s the best song of all time, according to itself. There isn’t a lot of help here for people who want to know how to find a good partner. This is one of two books in the Bible that doesn’t even talk about God. To be fair, there’s a lot of church tradition that says the whole poem is an allegory for Christ’s love for the church, or maybe Yahweh’s love for the people of Israel, too. In the end, I’m not sure.
Psalms is the book with the most references to love in general, so if you’re curious, that’s the one.
The 5 chapters that focus most on love
Now, let’s do the same thing at the chapter level. This list shows the three Bible chapters with the most words like “love” and “kindness.”
Psalm 136: God’s lovingkindness
Afterward, you’ll understand why this is number one. This psalm is made up of two lines. The first lines go over God’s actions in Israel’s history, and the second lines say that “His lovingkindness is everlasting,” or “His love lasts for ever.” The first three verses of the Psalm in the NIV are shown here.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.
FYI: God’s love is eternal.
1 John 4: “Love one another”
It’s important to know how to tell if someone is a child of God because they love each other. The whole book of First John talks about this. That’s one of the Bible’s “one another” rules. John says that God is love, so if we are like God, we should love each other.
When you read this chapter, you get sucked into a vortex of different types of love language. The following is one: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 Jn 4:10–11, NIV, emphasis mine).
Psalm 117 (shouldn’t count)
This one is a little unfair because it only talks about God’s love once, but the psalm is only two verses long. Because I find this so funny, I don’t want to get rid of this kind of information.
1 Corinthians 13: The “love chapter”
Finally, we come to the Bible’s “love chapter.” This is the most well-known one. When you go to weddings, you hear this kind of thing all the time You’ve seen the tattoos, so you know what they look like now I’m sure you know how the chapter starts:
People who love each other have to be patient and kind. [It] does not want, it does not boast, it is not proud of itself. Oh, wait. That’s not how it starts. You can’t have love even though you speak in languages other than your own. You’re just a reverberating gong, or you can’t hear your own voice.How about this for a romantic wedding speech?
This chapter isn’t about having a happy marriage. It’s part of Paul’s teaching on spiritual gifts and how the church should use their gifts for the good of each other, not to be important.
Hosea 3: An example of God’s love
There are five good chapters in the top five, and this one is the last. It’s a good one. He is told to love his wife, just like God loves the country that left him. Read about Hosea’s love story here.