Cherish this woman. She is for you, all fair, more lovely than you know, stronger than you expect, more forgiving than you deserve.
We cherish and nurture our own body—yet in marriage we become one flesh. We take care of ourselves. We look out for ourselves. And in marriage men learn better than anywhere else to love someone else, to look after her interests, to be thoughtful and careful and kind.
There are two extremes to be avoided. Don't be an abusive and aggressive husband who says no for the sake of saying no. And don't be a disengaged, passive husband who can’t say no at all.
The measure of a man’s marriage is the degree to which his wife flourishes under his love.