This year, I want to add more spiritual disciplines to my life. Currently I’m reasonably consistent with daily Bible reading. I want to try daily scripture writing. To help me with this, I’ve put together a 31 day scripture writing plan on love!
Throughout the year, I hope to create more 31 day scripture writing plans, similar to the multiple 31 days of prayer prompts. This gives Christians the flexibility to use these resources however they want.
February is the month of love, and God IS love, so a scripture writing plan on love feels like the best place to start!
I have divided the daily scriptures by Old Testament and New Testament. In addition, each daily scripture is listed in order of appearance in the Bible.
Remember, God calls us to love Her and to love one another. These are the two greatest commandments for Christians to follow.
Old Testament Scripture Writing Plan on Love
When I was looking at different lists of Old Testament passages on love, I was surprised by the exclusion of so many Psalms! I’ve been working through a six-week Bible study on the first 30 Psalms, and God’s “steadfast love” comes up over and over. In fact, I could do an entire scripture writing plan on love from just the Psalms!
However, I recognize the importance of writing diverse scripture. For that reason, while I have included many beautiful verses from the Psalms, I have also chosen scripture readings from the entire Old Testament.
“Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods?
Who is like you, majestic in holiness,
awesome in splendor, doing wonders?
You stretched out your right hand,
the earth swallowed them.
“In your steadfast love you led the people whom you redeemed;
you guided them by your strength to your holy abode.
So now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? Only to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul,
You shall love the Lord your God, therefore, and keep his charge, his decrees, his ordinances, and his commandments always.
But I trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
listen to my cry of supplication.
In the day of my trouble I call on you,
for you will answer me.
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
O give thanks to the God of gods,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
O give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
Hatred stirs up strife,
but love covers all offenses.
A friend loves at all times,
and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.
For the mountains may depart
and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord,
the praiseworthy 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,
according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
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.”
He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
New Testament Scripture Writing Plan on Love
The New Testament tells Christians so much about Christ’s love for us, even comparing Jesus and the Church as a groom and bride. The New Testament also instructs Christians on the importance of loving one another.
Some of the most powerful chapters on love come from the New Testament. I have broken these into multiple days for this scripture writing plan on love. As someone who is new to daily scripture writing myself, I don’t want to intimidate anyone with a long passage to write during their quiet time with God.
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13:8-10
Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end.
1 Corinthians 13:11-12
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:13
And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
1 Peter 4:8
Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.
1 John 3:11
For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
1 John 3:18
Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.
1 John 4:7
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
1 John 4:9-10
God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.
1 John 4:11-12
Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.
1 John 4:16-17
So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world.
1 John 4:19
We love because he first loved us.
I hope this scripture writing plan on love helps you grow your relationship with God and your fellowship with other believers.
These posts will also encourage your heart, no matter your season in life.
- Bible Verses for Valentine’s Day
- 31 Days of Prayer for Your Spouse
- Encouraging Bible Verses for Singles
I’m new to this concept, but I’m excited to try out my own scripture writing plan on love this month! To make it easier on myself, I’ve designed a printable version of this scripture writing plan. Enjoy this free resource!
This is especially helpful for anyone who wants to write scripture from a translation other than the New Revised Standard Version, which is what I’ve quoted in this blog post.
What other topics would you like to see covered in a scripture writing plan? Let’s grow together in our walk with the Lord!