We all need food and water to live. Basic nourishment is a must for a healthy lifestyle. If we deprive our bodies of food for too long our vital organs begin to shrink and eventually shut down. Starving to death is a slow and very painful process.
But our bodies are not the only things that need regular nourishment. We have hearts and souls that are hungry for attention too. So, we as married couples need to be committed to making sure our beloveds have the physical, emotional and spiritual nourishment they need to stay healthy … otherwise our marriages will begin to starve to death … in a very slow and painful fashion
The idea of nourishing our spouses comes from Ephesians 5: 28-30 where Paul says … “In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it …”
We usually think of nourishment as providing healthy food to eat. But Paul expands on this idea. A husband should not only nourish his wife by being a provider … making sure she has food, but he should also nourish her heart and soul; because Paul realizes that man does not live by bread alone.
Paul reminds husbands that we are quick to satisfy our own need for nourishment. We rarely neglect our own bodies. Our care for our wife’s needs should be just as focused.
So how do we nourish our spouse’s heart and soul? That’s something we need to talk about together … Ask each other: “How do you feel loved by me?” and make a list of how you can feed each other’s hearts. Then ask: “How can I help you grow in your walk with God?” or “What can we do to strengthen our spiritual intimacy?” … to develop a menu plan for feeding your spiritual life together.
Once you have the answers to these questions you both can begin to feed each other the things you need to be a thriving couple.