Ephesians – Belief and Behavior
“Cherish is the word” was a popular song of my youth. I only remembered a few lyrics to this catchy classic so I looked it up. It’s really kind of depressing when you see all the words sung by a mournful guy who cherishes his girl more than she obviously cherishes him. So sad. Hope they didn’t marry.
I only like the first two lines….
Cherish is the word I use to describe
All the feeling that I have hiding here for you inside…
Then I think, why hide it? Tell them you love and cherish their existence. Show them how much you cherish their presence in your life. Paul tells husbands and wives exactly how to do this. “Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ.” Same love for our spouse as we have for Christ, Himself! “The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing.”
Cherish is the word to describe our relationships with each other.
Ephesians 5, The Message
21 Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another.
22-24 Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing. So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands.
25-28 Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They’re really doing themselves a favor—since they’re already “one” in marriage.
29-33 No one abuses his own body, does he? No, he feeds and pampers it. That’s how Christ treats us, the church, since we are part of his body. And this is why a man leaves father and mother and cherishes his wife. No longer two, they become “one flesh.” This is a huge mystery, and I don’t pretend to understand it all. What is clearest to me is the way Christ treats the church. And this provides a good picture of how each husband is to treat his wife, loving himself in loving her, and how each wife is to honor her husband.
Yes, cherish is the word for today. If you want to remember how Christ cherished His church (people who believe, love, accept and follow Him) read Philippians 2 as a refresher. Christ cherishes us. He laid down His life for us. We cherish Christ and each other in relationship. Cherish is the word.
Remember the fine points of cherish:
–Go all out in your love for each other…like Christ.
–Submit (serve) each other….like Christ.
–We are “one flesh” from two bodies. Cherish the thought. Abuse it not.
–Every thought, action and behavior is for bringing out the best in each other. What can we do to make that happen today?
–Cherish, love, honor…like Christ…holy relationship.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the holy union of two souls who love and cherish each other. You bring us together as “one” in Your Presence. We cherish You. We cherish each other. Continue to transform us. Transform Your church to cherish each other more. Transform the world so they will know and follow and cherish You and each other, too.
In Jesus Name, Amen