Conference Notebook - Digital Download (Old)
This is the companion workbook to the original standard definition Love and Respect DVDs, the recording of the live conference. It provides all the scriptures Dr. Eggerichs uses and fill-in-the-blanks for interactive participation as if you were at the conference. This is a PDF download only. We no longer produce the physical workbook edition. A newer version of the weekend marriage conference is now. Add as many copies as you plan to print off or share digitally with your group to your Cart (please do not post on church website or anywhere online or share beyond the group members). Or have each group member purchase their own downloadable copy by sending them the link to this product.
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
You cannot use unholy means to achieve a worthy end.
Focus on the positive in the midst of the negative, and the Energizing Cycle will keep right on humming.
One thing to remember in this culture is if we say something complimentary towards one gender, we aren’t saying something against the other.
A wife has one driving need--to feel loved. When that need is met she is happy. A husband has one driving need--to feel respected. When that need is met he is happy. When either of these needs isn’t met, things get crazy. Love and Respect reveals why spouses react negatively to each other, and how they can deal with such conflict quickly, easily and biblically.
Your wife feels you are open with her when you discuss financial concerns, possible job changes or ideas for your future.
Negative actions rarely produce positive results.
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.
A wife has one driving need: to feel loved. When that need is met, she is happy. A husband has one driving need: to feel respected. When that need is met, he is happy. When either of these needs isn’t met, things get crazy with conflict.
Before hitting send, ask yourself, Have I listened carefully and understand the exact issue on the table?
In your marriage be the first to “seek peace and pursue it” (1 Peter 3:11)
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.
As you pray together, you will truly learn to love and respect together.
When you’re truly Christ-centered, instead of child-centered, you will be a more effective parent in the long run.
The Crazy Cycle is, indeed “the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness” (Ecclesiastes 7:25)
Being friendly to her man is one of the most effective things a woman can do to strengthen her marriage.
You’re the only person in the world who can meet your spouse’s deepest need for love and respect. After all, you alone are married to your spouse.
Thank the Lord that in the very beginning He created them male and female – Blue and Pink. Ask Him for patience and ever-growing understanding of how men and women see and hear differently. “He created them male and female, and He blessed them.” (Genesis 5:2)
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.
Often the apparent issue isn’t the real issue; the real issue is always a matter of love or respect.
A man has a natural, inborn desire to go out and “conquer” the challenges of his world – to work and achieve.
When we feel crippling discouragement by the sinful choices and outcomes of our kids, we must not let this permanently deter us from parenting God’s way.
We blame people for the bad things we do, but take credit for the good things we do.
Through Jesus and Peter, God set forth His standard for living in the unconditional dimension: choose to be loving even when the other person is not; do what is right regardless of the treatment you receive. I believe this standard applies directly to marriage. A husband who speaks lovingly to his disrespectful wife will be rewarded; and a wife who speaks respectfully to her unloving, not-worthy-of-respect husband will be rewarded. Whether you are husband or wife, the reward is what can keep you going in the midst of the craziness: knowing that God commends you, knowing that you have found his favor for your words and actions.
If you want your husband to express appreciation for your attempts to be respectful, you must speak thankfully when he tries to be loving.
Your spouse has a need only you can fill.
We all need to wrestle with the spiritual truth that God is good. If you don’t believe God is good, you won’t trust His word. If you don’t trust His word, you will find excuses to ignore His commands.
You can experience hurt, but it is your choice to hate.
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.
Accidental sparks (unwise remarks) ignite and fuel a fire, and vroom goes the Crazy Cycle.
Most marriages will succeed when obeying the command to Love and Respect.
Good intentions do not always produce good words or outcomes.
Be a part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Life is too short to fuss and fret over trivial irritations.
Although the Crazy Cycle is not what God intends for any marriage, all couples get on it at times from one degree to another.
A strong woman of dignity puts on respect out of her love and reverence for Jesus Christ. She trusts that His word not only protects and empowers her, but also rewards her with incomprehensible eternal blessings.
Your husband knows you value his friendship when you tell him you like him and you show it (he knows you love him, but he often wonders if you really like him).
We are worth Jesus to the Father.
Be friendly. Be friendly. Be friendly. Watch what happens.
We easily see what is done to us before we see what we are doing to our mate.
A husband may deserve contempt, but that doesn’t win him any more than harshness and anger wins the heart of a woman.
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!
Your position in Christ is what counts, not your less-than-perfect performance.
I had often asked God to compensate for my mistakes, but in return had I thought He would give me perfect children?
Clearly, in the marriage, in the family and in the household, when you speak words of blessing, you are speaking to the Lord, and for this you will be rewarded.
When a wife feels unloved, it can be such a shock to her heart that she is oblivious to her disrespectful reactions toward her husband, though any man watching could see it plainly.
The more we are upset at something, the wiser it is to let twenty-four hours pass before responding.
The parent-child relationship is as easy, and as difficult, as love and respect.
When parents genuinely trust and follow the Lord and His ways, their faith spills over onto the children.
Unconditional respect means we confront their wrongdoings respectfully. We do not become uncivil because they are. Who they fail to be does not determine who we will be.
“Living happily ever after” means knowing how to deal with the imperfect parts of life.
If a husband loves his wife as he should, she will feel honored and respected. If a wife respects her husband as she should, he will feel loved and appreciated. It’s a win-win.
He will feel appreciated when you disagree with him only in private and honor his authority in front of the kids.
Do you bow to the influence of Hollywood or God’s Holy Word?
Money squabbles don’t undermine love and respect; they simply reveal unloving and disrespectful attitudes, which are the real reason why a marriage can start to wobble on the Crazy Cycle.
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.
We can communicate the truth in the best of manners, but the person may be so insecure he or she can only react and attack like a wounded bear.
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.
God is good and wants what is best for us.
Your spouse can have a need that you don’t have and that’s okay.
When you possess a forgiving spirit, words of Love and Respect will flow authentically from your lips- and realize that the Lord Himself is listening to you at moments like these. He knows you are not powerless, but actually full of power that He has granted you.
Fight like a loving man and a respectful woman. Fight fair.
Your marriage is really a tool and a test to deepen and demonstrate your love and reverence for 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.“
When evil comes at you, you’re the one who makes the choice of whether or not it is going to go into you.
When a wife asks, “Do you love me?” She is not trying to put her husband on the spot. She is simply looking for reassurance.
I have concluded that those of us in the church who believe we have the Truth are not using the whole truth. A crucial part of God’s Word has been completely ignored, or perhaps simply gone unnoticed, when it has been there right under our noses the whole time! Many Christian spouses know Ephesians 5:33 and can at least paraphrase it. The Apostle Paul tells husbands to love their wives as much as they love themselves, and wives are to respect their husbands. But is anyone really listening? Perhaps the first step to better communication between husband and wife is to hear what God’s Word clearly says. --Emerson
To get offended is easy, but to forgive is within your power as you walk in His steps.
She’s not wrong for not being male. He is not wrong for not being female. When you put pink and blue together, you get purple, the color of royalty; the color of God. Together, a husband and wife reflect God’s image.
Stay the course regardless of the child’s respect and obedience. This is the Family Rewarded Cycle: a parents love unto Christ regardless of the child.
Our trustworthiness rests on our truthfulness.
The Crazy Cycle is, indeed, “the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness” (Ecclesiastes 7:25).
Your words reveal your heart.
Here is the secret to marriage that every couple seeks and yet few find: Unconditional respect is as powerful for him as unconditional love is for her. It’s the secret that will help you achieve a brand new level of intimacy.
We might say that every negative action in the family has an equal and opposite negative reaction.
Our research shows that couples who pray together are more apt to reap all kinds of benefits, including better and more frequent communication, going on “dates” more frequently and having sex more frequently.
His love blesses regardless of her respect; her respect blesses regardless of his love.
To not forgive is to shoot yourself in the foot and put extra gas in the Crazy Cycle.
In the ultimate sense you marriage has nothing to do with your spouse. It has everything to do with your relationship with Jesus Christ.
When the wife flatly says her husband will have to earn her respect before she gives him any, she leaves the husband in a lose-lose situation. Now he is responsible for both love and respect in the relationship. He must unconditionally love his wife and earn her respect.
With a better understanding of God’s promises, you will be on your way to a renewed mind and a changed life.
Marital researchers agree that a huge percentage of communication problems between husband and wife are due not to what is said but to how it is said – the attitude and tone of voice.
Being a person who communicates what is true frequently demands tact, and at times it can feel like sidestepping land mines. It takes work to be both truthful and tactful.
Assuming goodwill can be revolutionary in relationships.
When a husband chooses to do or say something loving, and that includes saying, ‘I’m sorry for coming across in an unloving way,’ he energizes his wife. When a wife decides to express herself respectfully, and that includes apologizing for her disrespectful attitude, she energizes her husband.
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.
When you love or respect unconditionally regardless of the outcome, you are following God and His will for you.
I often stress that one of the greatest rewards any persevering spouse can have is being a good example and influence on the children in the family.
Your marriage is a tool and a test to deepen and demonstrate your love and reverence for Jesus Christ. God is using your spouse to bring you an eternal reward.
Your spouse can affect you, but your spouse does not control you.
When one of you makes a mistake, control any anger you may feel and trust God completely, no matter what happens.
Unconditional respect is as powerful to him as unconditional love is to her.
Marriage is a tool and a test to deepen and demonstrate your love and your reverence for Jesus Christ.
Wives, to energize your husband do an activity with him, shoulder-to-shoulder, without talking.
When a husband feels disrespected, he has a natural tendency to react in ways that feel unloving to his wife. (Perhaps the command to love was given to him precisely for this reason!) When a wife feels unloved, she has a natural tendency to react in ways that feel disrespectful to her husband. (Perhaps the command to respect was given to her precisely for this reason!)
Men are solution oriented, they love to solve problems. They want to be helpful.
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.
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.
When a husband chooses to come across lovingly even though he feels disrespected, he can prevent the Crazy Cycle from spinning and possibly getting out of control.
Marriage is a tool and a test to allow God’s will to be revealed in our lives.
When confronting your spouse, attack the behavior, not the person.