Ephesians 5:29. “For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church;”
It takes a lot of time and dedication to create a bonsai tree. It needs just the right light, just the right soil; it needs to be trimmed and clipped and shaped, and sometimes it takes years before a tree like this little beauty will blossom.
I spoke with a client last night whose husband is neglecting her. He socializes without her, never inviting her to go with him. He expects her to do all the housework, take care of seven dogs, a cat, and a horse. She pays the bills. He wants his last meal of the day to be at 4 p.m. but she doesn’t get home from work until 6. She’s supposed to figure it out. And yes, she works a fulltime job. While he is busy nourishing and cherishing himself, she is dying of neglect.
Nourish: to feed in order to promote growth and health. To provide an atmosphere that builds her spiritually and every other way.
Cherish: To love, as a precious thing that can never be replaced. To dote upon. To care for even at the cost of sacrificing one’s own needs.
That’s how Christ loves the church.
That’s how a wise, godly husband loves his wife.