Thursday, March 4, 2010

March 4, 2010

"In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself." Ephesians 5:28

What do you "cherish"?

I'll bet that if you make a list of the things you cherish those things would all be somehow related to you and what you value most in relationship to yourself. If you made your top ten list of most cherished things you would discover that it is all about you! You cherish them because they add value to your life or to your bottom line.

One of the ways to identify the things you cherish most is to think about the things you take the best care of. What things do you take the most care to protect? You protect what you cherish. You hold onto it carefully.

No wonder that Paul when talking about marriage admonishes men to "cherish" their wives. You should value her greatly. You should hold her tightly. You should protect her realizing that she adds great value to you. You should seek to add to her value. Regard her as a treasure of great worth.

"Cherish" is a verb. Verbs require action. "Cherishing" your wife requires you to do something. "Cherish" is a natural expression of love. You cannot love something or someone and not cherish it.

Do you cherish your spouse? Do they know it? How would they know? What are you doing to express your love to them? What will you do today to show your spouse how much you cherish them? What will you say? How will you treat them?