Biblical Love vs. Worldly Love: Understanding the Differences
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Biblical Love vs. Worldly Love: Understanding the Differences


While the world tells us that love is a feeling, the Bible tells us that love is an action. And while the world says we should love ourselves above all others, the Bible tells us that true love has nothing to do with selfishness or feelings at all.

Bible Verses About Love

So what does this mean for your relationship with God and others? How can you know if your love is worldly or Biblical? Here are five different ways you can tell if your “love” might actually be something else:


God is love

God’s love is the most perfect and unconditional type of love there is. He loves you more than anyone else could, but this has nothing to do with whether you’re good or bad.

God loves you just because He is God and wants to show His love for humanity by rescuing us from sin and bringing us into a relationship with Him. Even though we often don’t deserve God’s love, He still gives it freely and abundantly when we ask for forgiveness through Jesus Christ (John 3:16).

God’s love isn’t based on our ability to perform but on His unconditional grace and mercy. God loves us because of who He is, not because of anything we do or don’t do; this is something we can never earn.

Worldly Love Seeks To Be Fulfilled

Worldly love is based on self-interest. It seeks to be fulfilled and satisfied, and it is often selfish, seeking what it wants at all costs. It focuses on the benefit of one person over another rather than looking for ways to work together for the good of both parties.

Worldly love seeks happiness and fulfillment for oneself rather than for others, which can lead to unhealthy relationships when one party puts their own needs above those of their partner.

It is important to note that worldly love is not inherently bad. It can be a very positive force in our lives when it is rooted in God’s love for us, and we use it as an opportunity to express that same love to others.

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Godly Love Gives Freely

Godly love is a choice to give freely.

Love is a gift, not a possession. A good example of this is how God loves us unconditionally. He does not feel obligated to love us because we have earned it or deserved it somehow, but he loves us despite our faults and sins. God’s grace is an amazing thing!

Godly love cannot be taken away from you if someone chooses not to give you their heart. It’s a choice they make for themselves, not for you or anyone else around them—a choice that can only be made by each individual person on their own personal level of maturity and understanding (and willingness).

Love isn’t something that is required or expected just because someone wants something from another person; rather than forcing the issue by demanding certain behaviors or words in exchange for your affection towards them.

Biblical love allows both parties involved with free will so they can choose whether or not they want those same things as well.

Worldly Love Has More To Do With Us Than The Other Person

When we love someone, it’s easy to become selfish. Our thoughts and actions for the person may be motivated by what we can get from them or what they can do for us. If you’re in a relationship that feels more like a transaction than an authentic interaction, your love is likely worldly.

Love that comes from God is different than worldly love because the focus is on His character rather than our own needs and desires—and this makes all the difference!

Biblical love is about giving without expecting anything in return; worldly love wants something back no matter how much we say otherwise.

Godly Love Is Selfless.

Godly love is selfless.

It gives without expecting anything in return, which means it’s always ready to give more than you receive. It doesn’t hold a grudge against someone who does something wrong to you, but instead forgives them and wishes them the best. Godly love doesn’t even think about itself; it only thinks about others first.

Godly love takes into consideration the needs of others before its own needs and wants, whether it be emotional support or physical help with tasks around the house.

It sacrifices its own time, energy, and resources for another person or group of people if they need them more than you do at that moment in time (Romans 12:14).

Understanding The Differences Between Worldly And Biblical Love Can Help You Grow Closer To God.

Understanding the differences between worldly and Biblical love can help you grow closer to God.

God’s love is unconditional; worldly love is conditional.

The first difference between worldly and Biblical love is that God’s love for us does not change based on our behavior or actions; it is unconditional. The Bible says, “For the mountains may depart, and the hills are removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you…” (Isaiah 54:10)


The world has a lot to say about what love should be, but God’s definition of love is much deeper. As you learn more about how worldly love differs from Biblical love, you’ll be able to better understand and apply this important concept in your own life.

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Pastor Duke Taber

Pastor Duke Taber

All articles have been written or reviewed by Pastor Duke Taber.
Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of Life Pacific University and Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.
Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world.
He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center, a Non-Denominational Spirit Filled Christian church in Mesquite Nevada.