ABCs of Jesus’ Love

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There is no greater love than the love of Jesus.

Thanks to an online friend, Susie, who posted ABC Adoration, I was inspired to return to something I started quite some time ago. I hope your soul will be refreshed as mine was as I focused on the endless depth of Jesus’ love for us. As I worked on it, my drooping spirit lifted and my storm-tossed emotions quieted.

Please feel free to share in the comments another adjective to describe Jesus’ love and a Bible verse to go with it. There is no end to the ways He loves!

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A

Active Love
“For from of old no one has heard nor perceived by the ear,
nor has the eye seen a God besides You,
Who works and shows Himself active on behalf
of him who [earnestly] waits for Him.”
Isaiah 64:4 AMP

B

Boundless Love
“So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith.
And may you, having been [deeply] rooted and
[securely] grounded in love, be fully capable
of comprehending with all the saints (God’s people)
the width and length and height and depth of His love
[fully experiencing that amazing, endless love].”
Ephesians 3:18 AMP

C

Compassionate Love
“Don’t tear your clothing in your grief,
but tear your hearts instead.
Return to the Lord your God,
for He is merciful and compassionate,
slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Joel 2:13 NLT

D

Divine Love
“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory
and the exact representation of His being,
sustaining all things by His powerful word.
After He had provided purification for sins,
He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”
Hebrews 1:3 NIV

E

Empowering Love
“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead,
lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus
from the dead, He will give life to your mortal bodies
by this same Spirit living within you.”
Romans 8:11 NLT

F

Faithful Love
“Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,
for the Lord your God goes with you;
He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

G

Grace-filled Love
“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father,
who has loved us and given us everlasting comfort and encouragement
and the good [well-founded] hope [of salvation] by His grace…”
2 Thessalonians 2:16 AMP

H

Healing Love
“He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds
[healing their pain and comforting their sorrow].”
Psalm 147:3 AMP

I

Inviting Love
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28 NIV

J

Justifying Love
“And such were some of you [before you believed].
But you were washed [by the atoning sacrifice of Christ],
you were sanctified [set apart for God, and made holy],
you were justified [declared free of guilt] in the name
of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the [Holy] Spirit of our God
[the source of the believer’s new life and changed behavior].”
1 Corinthians 6:11 AMP

K

Keepsake Love
“No one has greater love [nor stronger commitment]
than to lay down his own life for his friends.”
John 15:13 AMP

L

Liberating Love
“So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.”
John 8:36 NLT

M

Merciful Love
“But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much,
that even though we were dead because of our sins,
He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead.
(It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)”
Ephesians 2:4-5 NLT

N

NO Condemnation Love
“Therefore there is now no condemnation
[no guilty verdict, no punishment]
for those who are in Christ Jesus
[who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior].”
Romans 8:1 AMP

O

Omniscient Love
“You know when I sit down and when I rise up
[my entire life, everything I do];
You understand my thought from afar.”
Psalm 139:2 AMP

P

Protecting Love
“The eternal God is your refuge,
and His everlasting arms are under you.
He drives out the enemy before you;
He cries out, ‘Destroy them!’”
Deut. 33:27 NLT

Q

Quieting love
“The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness;
He will quiet you by His love;
He will exult over you with loud singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17 ESV

R

Rescuing Love
“He led me to a place of safety;
He rescued me because He delights in me.”
2 Samuel 22:20 NLT

S

Sacrificial Love
“This is real love — not that we loved God,
but that He loved us and sent His Son
as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”
I John 4:10 NLT

T

Tenacious Love
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us
from God’s love. Neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons, neither our fears
for today nor our worries about tomorrow
– not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
No power in the sky above or in the earth below
– indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us
from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:38-39 NLT

U

Unconditional Love
“But—
When God our Savior revealed His kindness and love,
He saved us, not because of the righteous things
we had done, but because of His mercy.
He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth
and new life through the Holy Spirit.”
Titus 3:4-5 NLT

V

Victorious Love
“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”
Romans 16:20 NIV

W

Willing Love
“No one can take My life from Me.
I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have
the authority to lay it down when I want to
and also to take it up again.
For this is what My Father has commanded.”
John 10:18 NLT

eXemplary Love
“Beloved, if God so loved us [in this incredible way],
we also ought to love one another.”
1 John 4:11 AMP

Y

Yearning Love
“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
therefore He will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for Him!”
Isaiah 30:18 NIV

Z

Zealous Love
“For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world,
that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son,
so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior]
shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
John 3:16 AMP

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34 thoughts on “ABCs of Jesus’ Love

  1. Hi Trudy! This is a wonderful reflection tool for the Lenten Season. The love of God in the Father and the Son is so overwhelming, it’s difficult to understand it all. This list will help a lot.
    I’m so glad it blessed you with peace. May His peace remain with you today and always.
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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    1. I’m so glad this list will help you, Ceil. Yes, that love is so overwhelming. It’s just too bottomless to understand, isn’t it? May His peace also be with you, my friend! May His love fill our hearts so full that it will naturally brim over to those around us! Hugs!

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  2. That is such a great way to reflect on God’s love! Here are a couple that came to me:
    Extravagant love- Ephesians 1:7-8: “He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.”
    Undeserved love- Romans 5:8: “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”
    Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Oh, Carly, I love that you share more! Thank you! Such comforting verses. I’ve been thinking of starting a page with these. If I do, I will add the ones you found. 🙂 Praise God for His extravagant and undeserved love! May His love be an ever-present wonder to us! Hugs!

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  3. Ahh Trudy this is awesome– I would do A,B,C adoration prayers for a while but had forgotten. I will be stepping up my game again after being reminded by your lovely example! Uplifted already just by reading through yours : )

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    1. Thank you, Heather. I’m so glad these verses uplifted you. So what do you do when you pray ABC adoration prayers? Do you think of an attribute of God and thank Him for it? May God give us ever deeper adoration for all He has done for us! Hugs!

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      1. Yes- I would find a characteristic of him that matched up with each letter- kind of took the pressure off to have a little road map to follow in prayer : ) But was also creative in the moment depending on what adjective or attribute came to mind ♥

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  4. Trudy,
    What an extraordinary way to focus on one word and unwrap all the layers it can hold to speak to our hearts! You’re right that digging into the truths of God’s characteristics could be just the soul-enriching exercise that turns into an artful reflection to consider God’s great love for us. His words are just the treasure I need to experience him — love this! xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Valerie. I love this truth you pointed out – “His words are just the treasure I need to experience Him.” That’s so true, isn’t it? May He give us a deeper knowing experience into the treasures of His love for us! Hugs!

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  5. I love this! What a beautiful way to outline how wonderful God’s love is and to have it especially for those days we feel unloved. I like “unfailing love” for U. Thank you for this list! Now we need a printable to print out and post somewhere at home! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Mary. Unfailing love. Yes! Do you have a verse picked out to go with it? What a neat idea to make a printable out of it! I had thought of starting another page on this website with these, but maybe I should also work on a printable, too. You have me thinking… 🙂 May Jesus’s unfailing love guide us continually! Hugs!

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  6. What a powerful post to reflect on. Thank you, Trudy! Will post link on FB! One of my FB friends posted a meme today with Jesus telling Peter with hand outstretched: “Come”. So this brings to mind the Inviting Love of our Lord.
    (Revelation 3:20) ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me.

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    1. Thank you, Susie. I’m so glad your heart is encouraged! As I wrote, you are the one who inspired me to work on this again. 🙂 Yes, I was thinking about Valentine’s Day. I thought what greater love is there than the love of Jesus! Happy Valentine’s Day to you, my friend. 🙂 May we be overwhelmed by the love of Jesus! Hugs!

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  7. Trudy, I love this! Such a great idea… I am rejoicing that nothing can keep us from His Unlimited Love: For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 AMP. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. Unlimited love. Another great one. 🙂 I like how the AMP version of that verse. Thank you for contributing. I definitely think I need to add another page to this site and add all the great examples you friends give, too. Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too! May Jesus’ unlimited love reach deep within our hearts with its healing power! Hugs!

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  8. Wow, what a wonderful reminder of the vastness of God’s love for us! Trudy, you have truly given us a rich treasure house to feast on here. I need to print this out if possible, but have bookmarked it for now so that I can return and be refreshed once more by the wonder and full implications of these words. I love the way you have chosen to express this biblically and personally. I sense that the ‘grace-filled, healing and inviting’ aspects are speaking to me today. Although there is so much more to reflect on and be grateful for. Bless you for placing the emphasis on where love originates and flows from. It has lifted this woman’s weary heart and been a beautiful way of focussing on my word for the year. Hugs and gratitude to you! Xx ❤

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    1. Oh, Joy, I am so blessed to know these verses have lifted your weary heart, too. It was really good for my spirit to search for verses that verify all the ways God loves us. And yes, to remember where love originates and flows from. Without this love we cannot survive, can we? May we together cling to His precious grace-filled, healing, and inviting love! Hugs to you, too!

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  9. Trudy, I read through this post several days ago and just remembered I forgot to leave a comment! I love how you’ve organized all these beautiful verses, and I was especially impressed at how you found words for the “hard” letters. 😉 As you say, there truly is no greater love than the love of Jesus! Love and blessings to you, my friend!

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    1. Thank you, Lois. I am filled with wonder at all the ways Jesus loves us. Yes! No greater love than the love of Jesus! May He hug us to Himself in His arms of love! Love and blessings to you, too, my friend!

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  10. Oh, Trudy, what a gift you are! This is wonderful! I’m saving so I can use it with my beginning reader – he likes to recite the alphabet and to reinforce God’s love at the same time is priceless! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Carrie. The depth of God’s love is bottomless, isn’t it? I rejoice that you teach it to your child. 🙂 I pray he/she and we may deeply experience that love that passes all understanding! Hugs!

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  11. Hi, Trudy! What a treasure this is! I love it! Thank you for sharing it with us. Have you consider turning it into a free download so we might be able to print it out?

    I’m so thankful the Weekend Whispers lead me your way. Have a blessed week.

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    1. Thank you, Marsha. Yes, I have been prayerfully considering it and looking into how to do that. I think I may also start a new page with it so that we can keep adding to it. 🙂 I’m glad you dropped in! You’re always welcome! May God bless you with His love and peace! Hugs!

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  12. Tenacious! Yes! In His love He holds onto us and pursues us even when we go astray.
    I love this list, Trudy! Thanks for sharing this!
    Some of those verses could be used for more than letter because they have more than one adjective. Of course, there’s no point listing them 3 times, but we have 3 times more reason to rejoice at His amazing love!
    How about Patient Love, Kind Love, Enduring Love, Hopeful Love from 1 Corinthians 13:4,5,7? This love is God’s love; we cannot perfect this love, and cannot even begin to have this love without the filling of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
    Praise God for His wonderful love!

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    1. Thank you, Ruth. I’m so glad these verses encourage your heart. I love His tenacious love, don’t you? I’ve been wondering if I should list a verse under several adjectives. Like you say though, there is all the more reason to rejoice at His amazing love. 🙂 I will have to ponder and pray some more about this. Thanks so much for your 1 Corinthians 13 suggestion. I’ll add it for this month’s New This Month which should come out next week. I’ll try to decide which adjective to use or if I’ll use more than one. Hugs!

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