17 Inspiring Bible Verses About Dating and Relationships
God’s word is an incredible resource for discernment and life. The Bible explains and reveals God’s plan for joy-filled relationships and marriages. Within its pages, the Bible holds an incredible wealth of information about love, relationships, and marriage.
Marriage was, after all, created by God Himself! If we want to know what to look for in a spouse, how to remain steadfast in the battle for purity, or the purpose of marriage, we can turn to the words of God Himself to discover the meaning of love.
These seventeen encouraging and refreshing Bible verses about love and marriage are perfect for bringing to prayer. Meditate on the meaning of God’s words about the goodness of human love.
Whether you are single, dating, engaged or married, these bible verses on dating are good to write down in a journal, or even on sticky notes! Leave them throughout the house to remind you of God’s plan for our relationships and love life.
Put God at the center of your relationship
“Set your hearts on his kingdom first, and on God’s saving justice, and all these other things will be given you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
The need for good counsel
“Never speak sharply to a man older than yourself, but appeal to him as you would to your own father; treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers and young women as sisters with all propriety.” (1 Timothy 5:1-2)
Impatient for a husband or a wife? Wait for God’s timing
“I adjure you, Daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles and the does of the field, do not awaken, or stir up love until it is ready.” (Song of Solomon 2:7)
What love looks like
“Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, love is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. So also, husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.” (Ephesians 5:25)
Fight for the virtue of chastity
“Shun immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the immoral person sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:18-20)
The treasure of a holy spouse
“He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.” (Proverbs 18:22)
Find solace in God’s plan for your life
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Appreciate inward beauty
“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30)
Set your sights on the ultimate marriage – Heaven
“Set your hearts on his kingdom first, and on God’s saving justice, and all these other things will be given you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:33-34)
Remember the purpose of marriage
“Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.'” (Genesis 2:18)
Tackle temptation with strength from God
“Therefore, whoever thinks he is standing secure should take care not to fall. No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:12-13)
Spend time in Scripture & Pray
“How can a young man keep his way spotless? By keeping your words.” (Psalm 119:9)
Don’t let passion or fear rule your actions
“Do not allow yourselves to be shaped by the passions of your old ignorance, but as obedient children, be yourselves holy in all your activity, after the model of the Holy One who calls us, since scripture says, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.'” (1 Peter 1:14-16)
Rejoice and mourn together in your relationship & freindship
“If one part is hurt, all the parts share its pain. And if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy. Now Christ’s body is yourselves, each of you with a part to play in the whole.” (1 Corinthians 12:26-27)
Put others before yourself
“Let love be without any pretense. Avoid what is evil; stick to what is good. In brotherly love let your feelings of deep affection for one another come to expression and regard others as more important than yourself.” (Romans 12:9-10)
Will the good of each other
“The only thing you should owe to anyone is love for one another, for to love the other person is to fulfill the law. All these: You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not covet, and all the other commandments that there are, are summed up in this single phrase: You must love your neighbor as yourself. Love can cause no harm to your neighbor, and so love is the fulfillment of the Law.” (Romans 13:8-10)
Pray without Ceasing
“Rejoice Always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Chloe Langr is a very short stay-at-home-wife, whose growth has probably been stunted by the inhumane amounts of coffee she regularly consumes. When she is not buried in a growing stack of books, she can be found spending time with her husband, geeking out over Theology of the Body, or podcasting. You can find more about her on her blog "Old Fashioned Girl."