So I asked our small group for a word that meant something to them and I would write about it. The two words that I got were Cherish and Devoted. Both of these words describe a special relationship – one that is above others, one where people treat each other with respect and they nurture the relationship. This is what I want with my relationship with God – he already cherishes and is devoted to me – how can I improve and nurture my relationship to him?
Do this because you are a people set apart as holy to God, your God. God, your God, chose you out of all the people on Earth for himself as a cherished, personal treasure.
The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.
Let your love, God, shape my life with salvation, exactly as you promised; Then I’ll be able to stand up to mockery because I trusted your Word. Don’t ever deprive me of truth, not ever— your commandments are what I depend on. Oh, I’ll guard with my life what you’ve revealed to me, guard it now, guard it ever; And I’ll stride freely through wide open spaces as I look for your truth and your wisdom; Then I’ll tell the world what I find, speak out boldly in public, unembarrassed. I cherish your commandments—oh, how I love them! — relishing every fragment of your counsel.
[Fight with All You Have in You] Dear friends, I’ve dropped everything to write you about this life of salvation that we have in common. I have to write insisting—begging!—that you fight with everything you have in you for this faith entrusted to us as a gift to guard and cherish. What has happened is that some people have infiltrated our ranks (our Scriptures warned us this would happen), who beneath their pious skin are shameless scoundrels. Their design is to replace the sheer grace of our God with sheer license—which means doing away with Jesus Christ, our one and only Master.
cher•ish ˈCHeriSH/ verb: cherish;
1. protect and care for (someone) lovingly.
“he cared for me beyond measure and cherished me in his heart”
synonyms: adore, hold dear, love, dote on, be devoted to, revere, esteem, admire; More
think the world of, set great store by, hold in high esteem;
care for, tend to, look after, protect, preserve, keep safe
“a woman he could cherish”
o hold (something) dear. “I cherish the letters she wrote”
synonyms: treasure, prize, value highly, hold dear
“I cherish her letters”
o keep (a hope or ambition) in one’s mind.
“he had long cherished a secret fantasy about his future”
synonyms: harbor, entertain, possess, hold (on to), cling to, keep in one’s mind, foster, nurture “they cherished dreams of glory”
God cherishes us so much! Do we cherish him? Think about your favorite possession or family and how truly special it is to you. I have a cross that I got on my Emmaus walk and I carry it with me always. It is special because I know that every one of our leaders were praying for me during our sessions and they took turns passing it around to ensure that I was being prayed for the entire time of our walk. Just knowing that people cared and they prayed for me will be something that I will cherish forever. I want to commit my life to cherish God more than I have. I take him for granted so often. I want to treat him with that special love and honor him and nurture our relationship!
Devoted – very loving or loyal. “he was a devoted husband”
synonyms: loyal, faithful, true, staunch, steadfast, constant, committed, dedicated, devout; More fond, loving, affectionate, caring, admiring
“a devoted follower of the writer”
• given over to the display, study, or discussion of. “there is a museum devoted to her work”
Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
God said to Satan, “Have you noticed my friend Job? There’s no one quite like him—honest and true to his word, totally devoted to God and hating evil.”
2 Chronicles 15:7
But you, who are devoted to being with God and searching for God, be strong and do not lose courage because your actions will reap rewards.
I had never really realized how closely related cherish and devoted are. I know they are two words that I want to have for God and I am going to continue finding ways that I can really show God my love. I want to focus on him more –how about you?