Deuteronomy 7:13– “[God] will love you, bless you, and multiply you; he will bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your wine and your oil, the increase of your flock, in the land that he swore to your ancestors to give you.” God loves you so much that he wants to bless not only you but everything around you.
I Chronicles 16:34– “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.” – This comes from a song of praise to God from King David – God’s loves us, strongly and forever.
Psalm 23 – “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want …” it is one of the most familar pieces of scripture, and it shows that God loves us – he cares for us and is with us even in the valley of the shadow of death … “and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”
Psalm 36 – Begining with verse 5 and ending with verse 10 this is a hymn about the love of God – verses 7 – 9 are particularly wonderful – “How precious is your steadfast love , O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.”
Psalm52:8 – There are lots of places in the Psalms – the worship songs of ancient Israel – that speak of God’s love – here’s just one – “But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.” – I love the image of being a green olive tree in God’s house – pictures yourself growing like a tree in the spring and trust in the steadfast love of God.
Psalm 86– Is a plea for God to care for the writer – verse 15 describes God beautifully – “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”
Psalm 103– Is a list of all of the things that God has done to care for his people – verse 8 describes the love of God. “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love” and verses 10 & 11 “He does not deal with us accoridng to our sins. nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him.” The whole thing is worth reading.
Psalm 136 – Is basically a recitation of all of the ways that God loves us – the second half of every verse is “for his steadfast love endures forever.” Here is just a sample – verses 4 – 9 – “who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever; who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever; who spread out the earth on the waters, for his steadfast love endures forever; who made the great lights, for his steadfast love endures forever; the sun to rule over the day, for his steadfast love endures forever; the moom and the stars to rule the night, for his steadfast love endures forever;
Isaiah 63:7 – “I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord, the praisworthy acts of the Lord, because of all that the Lord has done for us and the great favor to the house of Israel that he has shown them according to his mercy and to the abundance of his steadfast love.” That steadfast love of God is a recurring theme – God loves us deeply and his love endures.
Lamentations 3:22-24 – This is a great description of the relationship that God has for us – “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.'” – God’s mercy for us begins again every morning – his love never stops.
Joel 2:13- “… Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing …” In spite of the scary things that go before, we don’t have to worry about them, because God abounds in love and is gracious and merciful.
Mark 9:40-41 – “Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.” – What does this mean? It means that whoever gets it, whoever sees that these Christ-People are doing a God-Thing, even if the seer doesn’t join up, they still get it. And because they get it and they show even the slightest outward sign of getting it, they’re already participating in the Kingdom of Heaven. They’re already on the inside.
John 3:16 – Yes, the sign you see at all of those sporting events. It’s the basic Christian sound bite – “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.” It goes on in verse 17 to say “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – there you have it – God isn’t out to get any of us – God loves the world.
1 John 4:7-21 – The whole piece is worth a read – but the beginning verse 7 “Beloved, let us love one another, becasue love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” and the last verse 21 “The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.” sum it up nicely.