Luv is a Verb

I was never a big DC Talk fan, but as a youth pastor in the 1990’s I got to hear plenty of their music. One song the youth played all the time was “Luv is a Verb,” off of the Free at Last CD.

This song came back to haunt me last week as I prepared the message for Sunday morning from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. This is the famous passage in the Bible where Paul gives an extended description of love.

Although many of the descriptive words read as adjectives in our English Bibles, they are all verbs in the original Greek. The love Paul is talking about is not primarily something you feel but something you do. We may not always be able to control our feelings, but we can control our actions. Love is something that you choose to do or not to do. Luv is a verb.

DC Talk rap:
Back in the day there was a man
Who stepped out of Heaven and he walked the land
He delivered to the people an eternal choice
With a heart full of luv and the truth in His voice
Gave up His life so that we may live
How much more luv could the Son of God give?
Here is the example that we oughtta be matchin’
Cause luv is a word that requires some action.

Hey, tell me haven’t ya heard?
Luv, is a serious word
Hey, I think it’s time ya learned
I don’t care what they say
I don’t care care what ya heard
The word luv, luv is a verb

(Excerpt from “Luv is a Verb” by DC Talk)


  1. Carol says:

    I agree. Love is a verb. I often tell people (and myself)”You can’t wait until you feel like loving you just have to do it…then the feelings will follow.”

    Someone once read 1 Corinthians 13 to our ladies bible study like this: God is patient, God is kind, God does not envy ….God keeps no record of wrongs, etc. I like that!

    I recently read this to some of my non-christian friends and they really like it too. Although they are not familiar with the bible they recognized these verses from their wedding vows. Carol

  2. Ray Fowler says:


    I imagine a lot of people who don’t normally read the Bible are familiar with this passage through weddings. It really is a beautiful passage and can be an opportunity to talk about God’s love for us as well as how we fall short of God’s mark. Hmmm, sounds like an opening for the gospel to me!

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