Although, the word “nurture” has its roots from Latin nutritus, which is the past participle of nutrire meaning to to suckle or nourish, Merriam-Webster’s has two other definitions for the word “nurture”, which are training (or upbringing) and the sum of the environmental factors influencing the behavior and traits expressed by an organism. To nurture is not only to nourish but to train and create an influential environment.
As Christians we need to be nurturing others. We need to present the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ, nourishing those who are starving for The Bread of Life, the manna from heaven (John 6:51,58). We need to train our children in the fear and admonition of the Lord and train newer believers to walk according to the will of God. The Bible says “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6). Additionally, our lives must create the environmental factors that influence the behavior and traits of other believers so that they may grow in the Lord and non-believers so that they may be nourished and satisfied.
Point(s) to ponder:
Would people around you consider you/me to be a person who nurtures?
Ephesians 6:4 (KJV)
4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.