Cuaderno de Amor y Respeto
Hoy usted y su pareja pueden comenzar de nuevo con esta orientación dinámica que el Dr. Eggerichs ofrece en esta guía interactiva que complementa el libro “Amor y Respeto”. Es para todos: los que están en crisis matrimonial, los felizmente casados, parejas pronto a casarse, pastores y consejeros que están en busca de recursos que puedan salvar un matrimonio, o para grupos pequeños. Utilizando las técnicas innovadoras del Dr. Eggerichs y los ejercicios y cuestionarios dentro de estas páginas, las parejas están alcanzando un nuevo nivel de intimidad y aprendiendo cómo: Parar el conflicto del Ciclo de la Locura Iniciar el Ciclo Vigorizante de cambio Disfrutar el Ciclo de la Recompensa con nueva pasión
Si usted toma de corazón este consejo bíblico, ¡su relación puede ser la próxima en alcanzarlo! Este es un cuaderno de trabajo comprensivo y detallado que complementa el libro “Amor y Respeto”. Atención: Este producto ha sido traducido en su totalidad al español y es para ser utilizando en conjunto con el libro “Amor y Respeto”, y no con el DVD, el cual es una grabación de una conferencia en vivo.
Today you and your mate can start fresh with the dynamic guidance Dr. Eggerichs provides in this interactive guide that accompanies the Love & Respect book. It's for anyone...those in marital crisis, the happily married, engaged couples, pastors and counselors seeking material that can save a marriage, and small groups. Using Dr. Eggerichs' breakthrough techniques and the exercises and questions within these pages, couples are achieving a brand-new level of intimacy and learning how to:
- Stop the Crazy Cycle of conflict
- Initiate the Energizing Cycle of change
- Enjoy the Rewarded Cycle of new passion
If you will take this biblically based counsel to heart, your relationship could be next! This is a comprehensive, in depth workbook that accompanies the Love and Respect book. Please note: This product is fully translated into Spanish text and is for use with the Love & Respect book and not for use with the DVD, which is a recording of the Live Conference.
Emerson and Sarah Eggerichs
Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is an internationally known public speaker on the topic of male-female relationships. Based on over three decades of pastoring, counseling and study of biblical and scientific research, Dr. Eggerichs and his wife Sarah developed the Love and Respect Conference which they present to live audiences around the country.About Love & Respect
A major step toward a happy marriage is accepting differences and working them out with love and respect.
Words of wisdom for all husbands and wives are these: We easily see what is done to us before we see what we are doing to our mate.
Responding to offensive words or actions with your own offensive words and actions is damaging and unproductive.
You cannot use unholy means to achieve a worthy end.
We fool ourselves into thinking the other person causes us to be the way we are. They really don’t! But if we lock into that idea, we become helpless, hopeless victims.
Suppressing negative feelings is not loving, respectful or very wise. Speak up tactfully.
Your position in Christ is what counts, not your less-than-perfect performance.
Above all trust God when the “whys” of life threaten to overwhelm you.
When you relinquish an offense, you need to send that offense somewhere. So follow Jesus’ example and release it to your heavenly Father.
Being friendly to her man is one of the most effective things a woman can do to strengthen her marriage.
When we speak before we think, we widen the chances the other person(s) will be notably hurt, frustrated, confused, angry, fearful, or offended by something we’ve communicated.
Husbands, even Jesus Himself was asked by a woman, “Do you not care?” (Luke 10:40) When your wife accuses you of not caring, decode her deeper meaning.
You must “ask God from the wealth of his glory to give you power through his Spirit to be strong in your inner selves.”
We are equal but we are not the same.
Troubles over sex and money do not cause a marriage to go under. The lack of love and respect during conflict cause the marriage to go under.
It’s so easy to dismiss our spouse as childish because we don’t have the same vulnerabilities they do.
Don’t pressure yourself with perfection. We are going to fail. A righteous man falls 7 times but gets back up.
We send each other messages in “code” based on gender, even though we don’t intend to. What I say is not what you hear, and what you think you heard is not what I meant at all.
Your marriage is really a tool and a test to deepen and demonstrate your love and reverence for your Lord.
It is crucial for a husband and wife to see that neither one is wrong, but both of them are very different--in body function, outlook and perspective.
At the very bottom of things, in every case and in every conversation, you can do your marriage a huge favor by assuming she is seeking to feel loved or he is seeking to feel respected and give your spouse some grace!
The Crazy Cycle is, indeed, “the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness” (Ecclesiastes 7:25).
When you come home after you have been apart, the first few moments of reconnecting will set the tone for the rest of the evening.
You both forgive for one simple but profound reason: because you know Christ has forgiven you!
Could you be facing a crisis in faith more than a crisis in your marriage?
Whose voice are you listening to: Hollywood or God’s Holy Word?
It’s true that women have intuition and that men should listen to them. It’s also true that women have blind spots and need the insight of their husbands.
Truth will carry its own weight if delivered respectfully and lovingly.
Thank the Lord for all the trouble-free moments in which you and your spouse enjoy Him, each other, your family, your ministry and life as a whole. Ask Him for the strength to accept your measure of trouble, and the wisdom to deal with the annoyances and irritations by loving and respecting each other with new commitment. (You may also want to pray about troubles at work, at church, with the children…) “But those who marry will have trouble in this life” (1 Corinthians 7:28)
If you are seeking positive change in your marriage, you will need to make a positive change in your attitude and actions.
Clarifying is what you do before you step on your mate’s air hose and deflate his or her spirit. For example, you are having a typical conversation, but you can tell there is a misunderstanding. One of you isn’t being clear or isn’t hearing correctly. Then and there you clarify the misunderstanding before your spouse’s spirit deflates. You lovingly or respectfully clarify matters so that your spouse will not feel unloved or disrespected. The reason you take pains to clarify a seemingly small matter is to prevent the situation from becoming a love and respect issue that needs decoding. Clarifying is what you do to stay off the Crazy Cycle and keep positive, energetic feelings flowing between the two of you, to keep yourselves on the Energizing Cycle.
We have to step back as Christ followers and ask, “Do I have false expectations that my relationship should be romantic 99% of the time?”
Wives, you never know: The way you handle this [conflict] might bring your husband not only back to you, but to God. Husbands, you never know: The way you handle this [conflict] might bring your wife not only back to you, but to God. (1 Corinthians 7:16)
Good intentions do not always produce good words or outcomes.
Although the Crazy Cycle is not what God intends for any marriage, all couples get on it at times from one degree to another.
You must distinguish between “I can’t” and “I won’t.”
When you play the blame game your marriage never wins.
The moment we cry to Him for help, He is already pleased. He gives us strength to love our children.
We are worth Jesus to the Father.
God designed the woman to love. He’s not going to command her to agape her husband when He created her to do that in the first place. God is not into redundancy.
We easily see what is done to us before we see what we are doing to our mate.
Thank the Lord for the goodwill each of you has toward the other. Ask Him for strength to give each other the benefit of the doubt during moments when someone’s goodwill seems to be lacking. “He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it.” (Proverbs 11:27)
To build a lasting legacy, use proven wisdom that you glean from the Lord.
[Husbands] as the church places her burdens on Christ, so a woman needs to place her burdens on her husband. When she shares with you, don’t assume she is asking you to solve the problem. Ask your wife, “Do you want a solution or a listening ear?”
Your spouse deserves the truth from you. Do your best to tell it with love and respect.
Holding back your love or respect will just keep the Crazy Cycle spinning away, but being mature and making the first move could slow it down.
Knowing my spouse will not be able to love or respect me perfectly, I commit to having a forgiving spirit so that I may never speak hatefully or contemptuously.
If a husband chooses to be a peacemaker--taking the needs and concerns of his wife totally into account during any kind of argument or conflict--his wife will be motivated in turn to respond to his authority during stalemates.
God is not trying to trick you or mess with you. Trust that He wants to reveal Himself to you just as much as He wants to reveal Himself to the world.
“You can be right, but wrong at the top of your voice.”
As a wife, if you can start to understand how important your husband’s work is to him, you will take a giant step toward communicating respect and honor, two things that he values even more than your love.
You can be right but wrong at the top of your voice.
It’s crucial to communicate with the right tone of voice and the right expression on your face.
Your wife will feel esteemed when you speak highly of her in front of others.
The woman absolutely needs love, and the man absolutely needs respect. It’s as simple- and as difficult- as that.
Let the Lord change you, but don’t try to change each other.
To not forgive is to shoot yourself in the foot and put extra gas in the Crazy Cycle.
You have two ears and one mouth; use them proportionately.
No matter how difficult your spouse may be at the moment, your spouse does not have control over your reaction; you do. You may be experiencing disappointment, frustration, or anger, but you always have a choice.
Each of you must focus on what God is calling you to do toward your spouse. Do not focus on what you think God is calling your spouse to do toward you.
Trust God when the “why’s” of life threaten to overwhelm you.
God’s commands are there to help us, not to hinder us or hold us back as male and female.
The Love and Respect message is not about a husband earning his wife’s respect by being more loving any more than it is about a wife earning her husband’s love by being more respectful. Always love or respect is given unconditionally according to God’s commands.
Recognize your different gifts--how each of you (Pink and Blue) functions according to God’s perfect design.
Our trustworthiness rests on our truthfulness.
If husbands and wives are to understand the Love and Respect Connection, they must realize that they communicate in code. And the problem is, they don’t know how to decipher the messages they send to one another.
Assume goodwill about the person you are in conflict with.
It is hard to be negative while being thankful.
Do you understand that God feels compassion for you, no matter what you have done or what your circumstances may be?
Unconditional respect is as powerful to him as unconditional love is to her.
If you want your husband to express appreciation for your attempts to be respectful, you must speak thankfully when he tries to be loving.
We blame people for the bad things we do, but take credit for the good things we do.
A man has a natural, inborn desire to go out and “conquer” the challenges of his world – to work and achieve.
In your marriage be the first to “seek peace and pursue it” (1 Peter 3:11)
Do you give yourself grace and your spouse judgment?
Words of love from a husband are like good medicine that brings life to the marriage.
She’ll feel at peace with you when you let her vent your frustrations and hurts and don’t get angry and close her off.
Every marriage includes trouble some of the time. Do not let the 20% leaven all the rest.
We get on the Crazy Cycle because without love a wife reacts without respect, and without respect a husband reacts without love.
Your spouse can affect you, but your spouse does not control you.
The parent-child relationship is as easy, and as difficult, as love and respect.
Respect for the husband is just as important as love for the wife.
Thank God for His forgiveness of your mistakes. In trying to be a loving man or a respectful woman, we blow it. Owning up to mistakes is never easy, but it is always the way to move forward. Take good care not to accuse your spouse of mistakes as you pray. Also, pray about any forgiving to be done in the family, any forgiveness that needs to be asked. Children may need forgiveness (and what about Mom and Dad?). “There is no one on earth who does what is right all the time and never makes a mistake.” (Ecclesiastes 7:20)
Though the end can be worthy (to be loved and respected), when each uses unholy means (unloving and disrespectful words and actions), it will not achieve those ends. We must treat others as we expect them to treat us. To deny this makes us arrogant or fools, or both.
Self-interest should never come ahead of your spouse’s interests.
Words of Love or Respect must uplift your spouse, edifying- never manipulating him or her.
If a husband is commanded to agape- love his wife, then she truly needs love.
“Living happily ever after” means knowing how to deal with the imperfect parts of life.
Your spouse may meet many of your needs, but your deepest dependency should be on your Lord.
“Respect is a man’s deepest value. I have had numerous men tell me, ‘I would rather live with a wife who respected me but did not love me than live with a wife who loved me but did not respect me.’ These men are not saying that they are indifferent to love. They know they need love, but they need to feel respected even more than they need to feel loved.“
His love blesses regardless of her respect; her respect blesses regardless of his love.
He will feel appreciated when you disagree with him only in private and honor his authority in front of the kids.
There is power and freedom that comes in understanding that no one can cause you to react in a certain way. It is your choice.
Always try to look at your spouse the way Jesus does.
One thing to remember in this culture is if we say something complimentary towards one gender, we aren’t saying something against the other.
Do you believe that there is a God who really loves you and wants to help you?
When evil comes at you, you’re the one who makes the choice of whether or not it is going to go into you.
There is a discrepancy between who we want to be and see ourselves to be and how we actually sound in voice and writing. But with self-reflection and honesty, we can turn the corner and improve our communication. We need only evaluate what we are about to communicate.
When there is confusion, I try to refrain from attacking another for not listening carefully (which may not be the case). Instead, I take a run at communicating again, but more clearly.
Your husband knows you appreciate his desire to protect and provide when you praise his commitment to provide for you. You empathize when he reveals his male mindset about position, status, or rank at work.