Commenting on Song of Songs, St. Gregory of Nyssa says about the human acquisition of virtue as mirroring God more fully. He speaks here about the spiritual senses.
The bride then rightly recognizes the difference between herself and her Lord. As Light, He is an object of beauty for our eyes; He is a sweet odour for our sense of smell; and Life for those who partake of Him. He that eateth Him, as the Gospel says, shall live. Our human nature, matured by virtue, becomes a flower — but it does not offer nourishment to the Husbandman but simply adorns itself. For He has no need of our goods, but rather we have need of His.
St. Gregory of Nyssa, Commentary on the Song of Songs IV
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