"25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:" (Ephesians 5: 25-29)
God designed women to be cherished, to have a recognition that they are important to their husbands, just as God designed men to be respected, that their word is the final word.
Women, wives need to know that their husbands will make their needs important, even at their own expense.
We see this loved demonstrated for all of us in what Jesus did at the Cross:
"5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." (Philippians 2: 5-8)
"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." (2 Corinthians 5: 21)
Women who know that they are cherished will find themselves transformed by the love of God through their husbands, too:
"he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. " (Ephesians 5: 27)
The above verse announces to men the double blessing of cherishing their wives: they love themselves, their own bodies in doing so.
We see a type of this mystery in David the King with his people:
"Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh." (2 Samuel 5: 1)
Jesus is our heavenly David, and we are also His body:
"For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones." (Ephesians 5: 30)
In respect to marriage, women want to know that they are as vital to their husbands as is any part of their body to themselves. God designed women to feel cherished in this manner, just as we are all made accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1: 6)