My (church) small group, began a new bible study this week, and in the introduction the speaker mentioned the word ‘cherish’, as in how his wife felt about his attitude and actions towards her – it got my attention, because it is very easy to say to someone “I love you”, but they are just words if actions do not support them.
To cherish someone means – to encourage; to treasure above everyone else; to make much of; to comfort; sustain; to be tender towards; in other words to make a person feel special, feel loved and not just be content to hear those words from your lips and just get on with life and your bad attitudes and behaviour making one feel hustled through life – living at your pace and to your demands, without your support or a sense of value shown, above all else!
SO – do you feel cherished, because someone has said they ‘love you’? Do you share that nourishment of spirit to others? I have to be honest and say that I do not always feel cherished – but perhaps, perhaps I don’t convey that feeling myself! To feel safe, secure and important – is indeed ‘food to the spirit’, no matter our age – God can give that to us any time, we just have to ask! Perhaps, we need to go to Him first and foremost and ask for His nourishment and refreshment, on our spirit – perhaps, then we’d begin to feel cherished – and not depend on people to supply that for us!
1 Thessalonians 2:7-8 says: But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. So affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us. (NKJV)
“You are mine, I cherish you”.