As Bathsheba was precious to Uriah (see 2 Samuel 11), your wife is your precious one, your only one. She lives with you and lies in your arms. She’s to be cherished, not because of what she does for you, but because of her essence, her value to God as a child born in His image. You’ve been entrusted with the priceless essence of another human soul, so precious to God that at the foundation of the world he planned to pay His dearest price to buy her back again.
You owe it to God to cherish that essence.
Today, even if I don’t feel like it, I will
cherish my wife. Since God loved me
before I was worthy, I can do nothing
less for her.