"Husbands outght also to love their own wives as their own bodies." --Eph. 5:28
Far too often, when husbands and wives get tired of each other, they replace one another like you would a used car. A man might go around trying to find a 'newer model,' or a woman may search for something that fits her needs 'more comfortably.' The truth is, in marriage you become part of one another. You would never cutt off your hand if it was injured but would pay whatever you could afford for the best medical treatment possible. Because your hand is priceless to you. It is part of who you are. And your spouse should be priceless to you as well.
Ephesians goes on to say in verse 29, "he who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it." We all feel so special when the one we love goes out of their way to meet our needs--to ensure we know that we are cherished. Notice that the verse clearly points out that when we show love to our spouse, we are showing love to ourself as well. Which also means, when you mistreat your spouse, you mistreat yourself.
"It's time to let love change your thinking. It's time for you to realize that your spouse is as much a part of you as your hand, your eye, or your heart. She, too, needs to be loved and cherished. And if she has issues causing pain or frustration, then you should care for these with the same love and tenderness as you would a bodily injury. if he is wounded in some way, you should think of yourself as an instrument that helps bring healing to his life (Kendrick).
When you look at your mate, you're looking at a part of you. So, treat her well. Speak highly of him. Nourish and cherish the love of your life--Kendrick.
Dare 11: Choose a gesture that says, 'I cherish you' and do it with a smile. I was illdisposed the day we did this love dare...I was in the hospital all day. However, Zane was beautiful and cherished me the whole time. Taking care of my needs, making me laugh with an IV in my arm, keeping a cool wet handcloth on my forehead--cherishing me.
Dare 10: Love unconditionally.
Dare 9: Greet well.
Dare 8: Don't be jealous.
Dare 7: Believe the best.
Dare 6: Don't be irritable.
Dare 5: Don't be rude.
Dare 4: Be thoughtful.
Dare 3: Be selfless.
Dare 2: Be kind.
Dare 1: Be patient.
--Inspired by "The Love Dare."