Labor of Love Quote Origin & Meaning

Oftentimes when asking someone why they may spend a lot of time doing a certain thing, the answer comes back that “it’s a labor of love”. There are many examples, like prayer, charity, ministry, nursing, teaching, reading, writing, athletics, etc. It could be the reason why someone takes a lower-paying job, or why they may donate their time and money to certain causes. I am sure that everyone has their own labor of love. For me, writing for Bible or Not is my labor of love.

Labor of Love Meaning – The quote ‘labor of love’ is used to describe a person’s reason for doing work that may not have a self-serving or monetary benefit. The work and energy, i.e. labor, is expended for the benefit of others or because it provides a sense of purpose, goodness, satisfaction or well being.

Labor of Love Origin – The origin of the labor of love quote comes from the King James Bible and is found in 1 Thessalonians 1:3 and Hebrews 6:10. The original King James Version uses the English spelling of “labour” but the New King James and other modern translations use the American English spelling of “labor”.

What is your labor of love? Please leave a comment below to share with our readers.

Here are the King James Bible passages using the labor of love quote:

1Thessalonians 1:3 – Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.

Hebrews 6:10 – For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.


Labor of Love Quote Origin & Meaning — 2 Comments

  1. mine is the ministry. any aspect of it. whether worship, speaking, singing, traveling to mission fields, doing artwork for our church’s newsletter, web design, writing, witnessing… all stuff we do without payment except the wonderful blessing of God that accompanies each endeavor. HIS love is the payment.

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