Perhaps this word is one that defines God’s love for us better than most. We know His love for us is unconditional, but somehow even knowing His love knows no bounds is not enough to convince us how much He cherishes us.
I am reminded of a popular song from my teen years—“Cherish”, by the Association. Imagine these words from the song being spoken by God to us: “You don’t know how many times I’ve wished that I could mold you into someone who could cherish me as much as I cherish you.”
God does indeed cherish us, and I believe His most fervent wish is for us to love Him as much as He loves us. He wants us to cherish Him as much as He cherishes us.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16