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Romans 13:7–8 KJV 1900
Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

Cherish: protect and care for lovingly, to hold something dear, to keep in one’s mind.
Cherish: protect and care for lovingly, to hold something dear, to keep in one’s mind.

Cherish: protect and care for lovingly, to hold something dear, to keep in one’s mind.

Cherishing means noticing and honoring each other
There are a lot of relationships in our lives today. Husband/wife relationship, parents/children, boyfriend/girlfriend, or just friends in general. The one thing all need from each other is appreciation.
Thomas, Gary L.. Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage (p. 55). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
Often times you are either the one who feels unappreciated or the one who needs to show more appreciation.
At some point in our lives you will probably touch both sides.
Maybe you’ve said “You don’t appreciate me, you don’t see all the work I do”.
We have to learn to:
Acknowledge their hardships before complaining about our yours.
We have no right to mouth about their shortcomings and before we praise their successes.
We are often too quick to talk about how bad things are and how much someone is not doing for us.
Colossians 1:4 KJV 1900
Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,
It’s taking time to be understanding and considerate of others.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV 1900
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thess
Make “Thank You” our loudest and most passionate words.
Hebrews 12:28 KJV 1900
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
1 Peter 3:15 KJV 1900
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
We have to make our appreciation louder than our complaints
When they finally do it, we say “you should have been done it” “it’s about time.”
Frequently bring up moments of their past greatness
Not their past failures
This is showing honor
Honor: to regard with great respect
Take the time to appreciate the things they have done right in the past.
Praise what you want to see more of
We have to give others the appreciation that we wish we were receiving
We have to cherish them while they are living
My parents> how much I miss them> how they cherished me
Honoring each other is an essential part of what it means to cherish. To honor someone is to hold them in high esteem. When a queen greets you, you bow or curtsy. When a judge enters the courtroom, you stand. When a cherished person enters the room or says something, you honor and cherish them by taking notice. You can honor someone without cherishing them, but you can’t cherish someone without honoring them. When you fail to cherish one another, you are essentially dishonoring them.
Romans 12:10 KJV 1900
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
Thomas, Gary L.. Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage (p. 57). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
Noticing and honoring are both like paddling against the natural drift toward dishonoring in the sense that if we don’t keep paddling (honoring and noticing), we’ll be carried in the opposite direction. The work is never done.
The call to cherish is an active call to notice and honor
Scripture calls us to outdo each other in showing them honor.
Thomas, Gary L.. Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage (p. 67). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer calls listening one of the greatest services we can offer to each other:
Thomas, Gary L.. Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage (p. 72). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
The first service one owes to others in the fellowship consists in listening to them. Just as love to God begins with listening to His Word, so the beginning of love for the brethren is learning to listen to them . . . So it is His work that we do for our brother when we learn to listen to him . . . Listening can be of a greater service than speaking.
Thomas, Gary L.. Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage (p. 121). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
Cherish moments, people in our lives.
Thomas, Gary L.. Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage (p. 121). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
Romans 13:8 KJV 1900
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Thomas, Gary L.. Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage (p. 121). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
Make the most of each day.
Cherish each day that we live!
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