The Crazy Cycle In Marriage - Study Guide (Download)
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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
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.
We have discovered that as women motivate their man God’s way, men are energized to love them better. It doesn’t matter if your marriage is good or seems like there is no hope. We have seen God move in powerful ways even when things looked hopeless.
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.
In your marriage be the first to “seek peace and pursue it” (1 Peter 3:11)
Don’t conclude that your spouse is wrong when he/she is seeking to do the right and righteous thing.
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.
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 must bring our identity in Christ to our parenting—we must not derive our identity from our children.
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.
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.
A husband may deserve contempt, but that doesn’t win him any more than harshness and anger wins the heart of a woman.
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)
We all need love and respect equally. But, during conflict our felt needs are as different as pink is from blue.
Assume goodwill about the person you are in conflict with.
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.
Most marriages will succeed when obeying the command to Love and Respect.
It’s so easy to dismiss our spouse as childish because we don’t have the same vulnerabilities they do.
Trust God when the “why’s” of life threaten to overwhelm you.
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.
Thank God for joining you together and for allowing you to trust Him to help you, whatever the issue. God is there for you and expects you to look to Him to keep you together as a team, so ask Him for His help in the smallest of concerns. “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” (Matthew 19:6)
Don’t pressure yourself with perfection. We are going to fail. A righteous man falls 7 times but gets back up.
Do you bow to the influence of Hollywood or God’s Holy Word?
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.
We blame people for the bad things we do, but take credit for the good things we do.
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.
This is the Rewarded Cycle: His love blesses regardless of her respect and her respect blesses regardless of his love.
Just because you may feel unloved or disrespected does not mean your spouse is sending that message.
Being friendly to her man is one of the most effective things a woman can do to strengthen her marriage.
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.
Your spouse deserves the truth from you. Do your best to tell it with love and respect.
To stay the course in speaking words of Love and Respect, keep your heart in Scripture, trusting in and talking about His promises to help you.
We might say that every negative action in the family has an equal and opposite negative reaction.
When others do not respond to our communication, we need to look first at our communication style. Is the other person incapable of hearing what we have to say? Or are we abrupt, brusque, and curt?
God rewards your obedience to love and respect, even if your spouse does not respond!
Will we decide how we see God based on our circumstances, or will we see our circumstances in light of how we view God?
Women give a report to build rapport. Men bond through shoulder-to-shoulder activities without talking.
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.
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.
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!)
The mature one in the marriage seldom moves second.
When confronting your spouse, attack the behavior, not the person.
Although the Crazy Cycle is not what God intends for any marriage, all couples get on it at times from one degree to another.
We have different vulnerabilities. We can pass judgment on one another all day long or we can say God made us different and that’s ok.
A most significant point of this book is this: If what we think is true, kind, necessary, and clear, we need to have the courage to hit send. This isn’t about refraining from speaking; this is about speaking.
Assuming goodwill can be revolutionary in relationships.
[Women], your self-love cannot be derived from your husband’s love. It can affect it, but it does not determine it.
Share what God is saying to your heart, not what you think He needs to say to your mate.
Every marriage includes trouble some of the time. Do not let the 20% leaven all the rest.
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)
There is a plan to parent God’s way, even when our children may seek to go their own way at time. The secret is to follow this plan regardless. When you do, I believe you succeed in His eyes.
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
His love blesses regardless of her respect; her respect blesses regardless of his love.
Can you begin to trust that God feels love for you even when you don’t feel that love?
When a husband feels disrespected, it is especially hard to love his wife. When a wife feels unloved, it is especially hard to respect her husband.
We can all have moments of anger, but this does not mean we have to lose control and sin.
In the ultimate sense, your marriage has nothing to do with your spouse. It has everything to do with your relationship to Jesus Christ.
A marriage relationship will be energized when couples learn how to motivate each other God’s way.
Always try to look at your spouse the way Jesus does.
He will feel appreciated when you disagree with him only in private and honor his authority in front of the kids.
Words of love from a husband are like good medicine that brings life to the marriage.
God is not pink. God is not blue. God is purple. When two become one, they have the potential of displaying God’s attributes and character.
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.
The woman absolutely needs love, and the man absolutely needs respect. It’s as simple- and as difficult- as that.
Unconditional respect, like unconditional love, is all about how one sounds (tone of voice and word choice) and appears (facial expressions and physical actions).
To not forgive is to shoot yourself in the foot and put extra gas in the Crazy Cycle.
You must distinguish between “I can’t” and “I won’t.”
“You can be right, but wrong at the top of your voice.”
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.
Never give up. If you want to have a strong marriage, you need to accept temporary setbacks as part of the game.
A man has a natural, inborn desire to go out and “conquer” the challenges of his world – to work and achieve.
[Husbands] the most powerful weapons you have are your ears. Just listen to your wife, and she is much more likely to feel understood.
Avoid like the plague trying to punish each other as a means of “motivation.” Christ-followers instinctively know that this destroys any opportunity to act out of reverence for Christ. In all marital issues, love and reverence for Christ must be our primary motivation.
Accidental sparks (unwise remarks) ignite and fuel a fire, and vroom goes the Crazy Cycle.
Fight like a loving man and a respectful woman. Fight fair.
Husbands, to energize your wife give her face-to-face time, allowing her to talk and share her feelings.
He will feel appreciated when you recognize his problem-solving approach as his male brand of empathy.
To get offended is easy, but to forgive is within your power as you walk in His steps.
When you’re truly Christ-centered, instead of child-centered, you will be a more effective parent in the long run.
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. A wife can choose to be disrespectful or respectful. A husband can choose to be unloving or loving.
You cannot use unholy means to achieve a worthy end.
Marriage is a test of how you unconditionally love and respect your spouse as you obey, honor, and please the Lord.
Your wife feels you are open with her when you discuss financial concerns, possible job changes or ideas for your future.
The Crazy Cycle is, indeed “the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness” (Ecclesiastes 7:25)
Optimism or pessimism? It is always a choice, no matter what your natural temperament.
The parent-child relationship is as easy, and as difficult, as love and respect.
Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative with lots of love and respect in between.
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.
His love motivates her respect. Her respect motivates his love.
Getting married reveals, usually sooner than later, an incontestable fact: your spouse cannot possibly meet all your needs and desires
Do you seek to understand or only to be understood?
The key to motivating another person is meeting their deepest need, especially during conflict.
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)
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.
Words of Love and Respect must include thankfulness spoken to or about your spouse; don’t fixate on weaknesses and faults.
Your spouse can have a need that you don’t have and that’s okay.
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?”
Feeling unloved, a wife gets defensive and acts offensively without respect. Feeling disrespected, a husband gets defensive and acts offensively without love.
We are either going to give in the darkness or we are going to give into the darkness.
Your hunger for God can create an appetite in your children.
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.