The Shulamite girl loved her man so much because of how he loved her. She said of his love in Song of Solomon 2:3, “As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.” There are three things I see in this analogy of his love being like an apple tree. First, love seeks to provide, she didn’t liken him unto just any tree but to an apple tree that could provide nourishment and satisfy her hunger. The Lord loves us like this as He faithfully provides all our needs for us. Likewise, men need to love their wives and family and be the providers of the home. Secondly, love not only provides but it also protects. She said that she sat “under his shadow.” Love will surely protect those under it’s care. Jesus protects all His children, the enemy has no upper hand on the children of the Almighty, we are safe under His wings! Likewise, men who love their family will seek to protect it from the enemy. Thirdly, we see that love will not only provide and protect but this love will be pleasurable. She said that “his fruit was sweet” to her taste. The Lord loves his children like this! As we sit near our Saviour and enjoy His presence we sit there in great delight, for in His presence is great joy! Likewise, men, let us not forget to enjoy our wives and children. May we as men truly learn to have a love that’s like an apple tree. As we do, then no doubt we will see our family respond to that love and love us even more.