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I believe that God is Love.  He may have anger, on occasion (it is possible for love to become angry), but He is love.  It is His nature.  The attributes of love are the attributes of God.  For me, it is impossible to separate the two.  Below is only a small percentage of all the scriptures on love, contained in the Holy Bible.

 
Psalms
Proverbs
Song of Songs
Saint John
Saint Paul

Verses from the book of Psalms:

"The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, 
he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. 
He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me; 
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever."
Psalm 23

"I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul."
Psalm 31:7

"Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love."
Psalm 48:9

"I cry out to God Most High, to God, 
who fulfills [his purpose] for me.
He sends from heaven and saves me, 
rebuking those who hotly pursue me;
God sends his love and his faithfulness."
Psalm 57:2-3

"I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love;
for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble."
Psalm 59:16

"O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; 
my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, 
in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary 
and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live, 
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
On my bed I remember you; 
I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.
My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me."
Psalm 68:1-8

"For great is your love toward me;
you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.
The arrogant are attacking me, O God;
a band of ruthless men seeks my life-- men without regard for you.
But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness."
Psalm 86:13-15

"I will sing of the LORD's great love forever;
with my mouth I will make your faithfulness 
known through all generations.
I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself."
Psalm 89:1-2

"Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days."
Psalms 90:14

"The LORD is compassionate and gracious, 
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever;
He does not treat us as our sins deserve 
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is His love for those who fear Him;
as far as the east is from the west, 
so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
for He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust."
Psalm 103:8-14


Verses from the book of Proverbs:

"Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man."
Proverbs 3:3-4

"Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs."
Proverbs 10:12

"Do not those who plot evil go astray?
But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness."
Proverbs 14:22

"Better a meal of vegetables where there is love
than a fattened calf with hatred."
Proverbs 15:17

"He who covers over an offense promotes love,
but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends."
Proverbs 17:9

"He who finds a wife finds what is good
and receives favor from the LORD."
Proverbs 18:22

"Many a man claims to have unfailing love, 
but a faithful man who can find?"
Proverbs 20:6

"Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; 
through love his throne is made secure."
Proverbs 20:28

"He who pursues righteousness and love 
finds life, prosperity and honor."
Proverbs 21:21

"A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life...

She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy...
She is clothed with strength and dignity; 
she can laugh at the days to come.

She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of 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.'"
Proverbs 31:10-12, 20, 25-29



Verses from Solomon's Song of Songs:

The Beloved:

"Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth--
for your love is more delightful than wine.
Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes;
your name is like perfume poured out.
No wonder the maidens love you!
Take me away with you--let us hurry!
Let the king bring me into his chambers.

While the king was at his table, 
my perfume spread its fragrance.
My lover is to me a sachet of myrrh
resting between my breasts.
My lover is to me a cluster of henna blossoms
from the vineyards of En Gedi."

The Lover:
"How beautiful you are, my darling!
Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves."
The Beloved:
"How handsome you are, my lover! Oh, how charming!
And our bed is verdant.
The beams of our house are cedars; our rafters are firs.

 I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys."

The Lover:
"Like a lily among thorns is my darling among the maidens."
The Beloved:
"Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest
is my lover among the young men.
I delight to sit in his shade, 
and his fruit is sweet to my taste.
He has taken me to the banquet hall, 
and his banner over me is love.
Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples, 
for I am faint with love.
His left arm is under my head, 
and his right arm embraces me.
Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you 
by the gazelles and by the does of the field:
Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.

Listen! My lover!
Look! Here he comes, 
leaping across the mountains, bounding over the hills.
My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag.
Look! There he stands behind our wall,
gazing through the windows, peering through the lattice.
My lover spoke and said to me,
'Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me.
See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone.
Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves is heard in our land.
The fig tree forms its early fruit; 
the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
 Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.'"

The Lover:
"My dove in the clefts of the rock, 
in the hiding places on the mountainside,
show me your face, let me hear your voice;
for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.

How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful!
Your eyes behind your veil are doves.
 Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon; your mouth is lovely.
Your temples behind your veil
are like the halves of a pomegranate.
Your neck is like the tower of David, built with elegance;
on it hang a thousand shields, all of them shields of warriors.
Your two breasts are like two fawns,
like twin fawns of a gazelle that browse among the lilies.

Until the day breaks and the shadows flee,
I will go to the mountain of myrrh and to the hill of incense.
All beautiful you are, my darling; there is no flaw in you.
Come with me from Lebanon, my bride, 
come with me from Lebanon.
Descend from the crest of Amana, from the top of Senir,
the summit of Hermon, from the lions' dens 
and the mountain haunts of the leopards.

You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; 
you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes, 
with one jewel of your necklace.
How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride!
How much more pleasing is your love than wine,
and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice!
Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride;
milk and honey are under your tongue.
The fragrance of your garments is like that of Lebanon.

You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride;
you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain."

The Beloved:
"Awake, north wind, and come, south wind!
Blow on my garden, that its fragrance may spread abroad.
Let my lover come into his garden and taste its choice fruits."
The Lover:
"I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride;
I have gathered my myrrh with my spice.
I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey; 
I have drunk my wine and my milk."
The Beloved:
"I slept but my heart was awake. Listen! My lover is knocking:
'Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my flawless one.
My head is drenched with dew,
my hair with the dampness of the night.'
I have taken off my robe-- must I put it on again?
I have washed my feet-- must I soil them again?
My lover thrust his hand through the latch-opening;
my heart began to pound for him.
I arose to open for my lover, and my hands dripped with myrrh,
my fingers with flowing myrrh, on the handles of the lock.
I opened for my lover, but my lover had left; he was gone.
My heart sank at his departure.
I looked for him but did not find him.
I called him but he did not answer.
The watchmen found me as they made their rounds in the city.
They beat me, they bruised me; they took away my cloak,
those watchmen of the walls!
O daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you--
if you find my lover, what will you  tell him?
Tell him I am faint with love."
The Friends:
"How is your beloved better than others, 
most beautiful of women?
How is your beloved better than others, 
that you charge us so?"
The Beloved:
"My lover is radiant and ruddy, 
outstanding among ten thousand.
His head is purest gold; his hair is wavy and black as a raven.
His eyes are like doves by the water streams,
washed in milk, mounted like jewels.
His cheeks are like beds of spice yielding perfume.
His lips are like lilies dripping with myrrh.
His arms are rods of gold set with chrysolite.
His body is like polished ivory decorated with sapphire.
His legs are pillars of marble set on bases of pure gold.
His appearance is like Lebanon, choice as its cedars.
His mouth is sweetness itself; he is altogether lovely.
This is my lover, this my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem."
The Friends:
"Where has your lover gone, most beautiful of women?
Which way did your lover turn, 
that we may look for him with you?"
The Beloved:
"My lover has gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices,
to browse in the gardens and to gather lilies.
I am my lover's and my lover is mine; 
he browses among the lilies."
The Lover:
"You are beautiful, my darling, as Tirzah, lovely as Jerusalem,
majestic as troops with banners.
Turn your eyes from me; they overwhelm me.

Sixty queens there may be, and eighty concubines,
and virgins beyond number;
but my dove, my perfect one, is unique,
the only daughter of her mother, 
the favorite of the one who bore her.
The maidens saw her and called her blessed; 
the queens and concubines praised her."

The Friends:
"Who is this that appears like the dawn, fair as the moon,
bright as the sun, majestic as the stars in procession?"
The Lover:
"How beautiful your sandaled feet, O prince's daughter!
Your graceful legs are like jewels,
the work of a craftsman's hands.
Your navel is a rounded goblet that never lacks blended wine.
Your waist is a mound of wheat encircled by lilies.
Your breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle.
Your neck is like an ivory tower.
Your eyes are the pools of Heshbon 
by the gate of Bath Rabbim.
Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel.
Your hair is like royal tapestry; 
the king is held captive by its tresses.
How beautiful you are and how pleasing, 
O love, with your delights!
Your stature is like that of the palm, 
and your breasts like clusters of fruit.
I said, 'I will climb the palm tree; I will take hold of its fruit.'
May your breasts be like the clusters of the vine,
the fragrance of your breath like apples, 
and your mouth like the best wine."
The Beloved:
"May the wine go straight to my lover, 
flowing gently over lips and teeth.
I belong to my lover, and his desire is for me.
Come, my lover, let us go to the countryside,
let us spend the night in the villages.
Let us go early to the vineyards 
to see if the vines have budded,
if their blossoms have opened, 
and if the pomegranates are in bloom--
there I will give you my love.
The mandrakes send out their fragrance, 
and at our door is every delicacy, both new and old,
that I have stored up for you, my lover."
The Friends:
"Who is this coming up from the desert 
leaning on her lover?"
The Beloved:
"Under the apple tree I roused you;
there your mother conceived you, 
there she who was in labor gave you birth.
Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death, 
its jealousy unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire, like the very flame of the LORD.
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."


Verses from the writings of Saint John:

"By this all men will know that you are my disciples, 
if you love one another."
Jesus, quoted in John 13:35

"My command is this, love each other as I have loved you.
Greater love has noone than this: that he lay down his life for his friends."
Jesus, quoted in John 15:12-13

"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.
If anyone has material possessions, and sees his brother in need,
but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue, 
but with actions and in truth."
1 John 3:16-18

"God is love.  Whoever lives in love, lives in God, and God in him.
In this way, love is made complete among us.
So that we will have confidence on the day of judgement.
Because in this world, we are like Him.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear.
Because fear has to do with punishment.
The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 
We love because He first loved us.
If anyone says, 'I love God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar.
For anyone who does not love his brother whom he has seen,
cannot love God, whom he has not seen.
And He has given us this command:
whoever loves God must also love his brother."
1 John 4:16b-20



Verses from the writings of Saint Paul:

"Let no debt remain outstanding, 
except the continuing debt to love one another,
for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. 
The commandments, 'Do not commit adultery,'
'Do not murder,' 'Do not steal,' 'Do not covet,'
and whatever other commandment there may be, 
are summed up in this one rule:
'Love your neighbor as yourself.'
Love does no harm to its neighbor. 
Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law."
Romans 13:8

"Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up."
1 Corinthians 8:1b

"And now I will show you the most excellent way:
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love,
I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy 
and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,
and if I have a faith that can move mountains, 
but have not love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor 
and surrender my body to the flames,
but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy,
it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.

But where there are prophecies, they will cease;
where there are tongues, they will be stilled; 
where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.

When I was a child, I talked like a child, 
I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. 
When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror;
then we shall see face to face.
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, 
even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love."
1 Corinthians 12:31b-13:13

"And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 
may have power, together with all the saints, 
to grasp how wide and long and high and deep
is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--
that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
Ephesians 3 17b-19

"He who loves his wife loves himself."
Ephesians 5:28b


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