The Language of Love & Respect Workbook
Now with the Language of Love & Respect companion workbook, you can study Dr. Eggerichs’ practical, step-by-step approach for how husbands and wives can learn to speak each other’s distinct language. This is a must have for an in depth study as you read the book.
Inside the Book
- Book Within a Book: A Short Course on Love and Respect
- Three Vital Truths for Better Communication
- The Crazy Cycle: A Relentless Enemy of Marital Communication
- The Energizing Cycle: To Better Communicate, Meet Your Spouse's Needs
- The Rewarded Cycle: The Unconditional Dimension of Communication
Explore The Language of Love & Respect
Crack the Communication Code in Marriage
This concise yet powerful resource takes you on a transformative short course, delving into the core principles of love and respect in relationships. Discover profound insights and practical guidance as you navigate the intricacies of communication, unlocking the key to nurturing a vibrant and fulfilling connection with your spouse. With its condensed format, this book within a book offers a valuable resource for those seeking to enhance their understanding of love and respect in a concise and impactful way.
Discover the three vital truths for better communication. These pivotal chapters shed light on essential aspects of effective communication in relationships. Delve into the significance of the mouth and words within the context of marriage, understanding their impact on connection and harmony. Embrace the beauty of differences and learn to navigate varying viewpoints with empathy and respect. Reflect on the crucial role of trust and goodwill in communication, fostering openness and vulnerability. Through these vital truths, you will gain practical strategies to enhance your communication skills, fostering deep and meaningful connections with your spouse.
Unmask the relentless enemy of marital communication known as "The Crazy Cycle." This eye-opening resource sheds light on the destructive patterns that can sabotage communication in relationships. Explore the negative spirals of reactions and responses that can escalate conflicts, leading to emotional disconnection and frustration. Gain profound insights into breaking free from this cycle, learning how to navigate conflicts with grace and understanding, and restoring harmony in your communication dynamics.
Discover the transformative power of "The Energizing Cycle" and its profound impact on communication. Dive into the core principle of meeting your spouse's needs as a foundation for fostering understanding and connection. Explore practical strategies for recognizing and fulfilling your spouse's emotional and relational needs, unlocking a powerful cycle of mutual support and engagement. This resource offers invaluable guidance to cultivate a thriving and vibrant connection built on love and respect.
The Rewarded Cycle in the book emphasizes unconditional love and respect in marriage, guided by obedience to God's commands, irrespective of a spouse's response. It highlights the spiritual rewards from God when one acts in love and respect. The book also introduces the "Jesus way of talking," which encourages truthful, uplifting, and forgiving communication. This cycle offers a liberating perspective, especially for challenging marriages, suggesting that one's actions can be spiritually rewarding even if their spouse doesn't reciprocate.
Unlock the Power of Communication
Communication expert Dr. Emerson Eggerichs says that the problem is couples are sending each other messages in 'code,' but they won't crack that code until they see that she listens to hear the language of love and he listens to hear the language of respect.
Please note: This is for use with the Language of Love & Respect book and not for use with the DVD which is a recording of the Live Conference.
Revolutionize Your Communication
Communication between couples has been dissected in thousands of books and articles, so why does it remain the number one marriage problem? "Because," says Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, "most spouses don't know that they speak two different languages.
Now with The Language of Love and Respect companion workbook, the message of this hardcover tradebook can be studied and applied whether for a group or for individual couples. The result will be better communication, mutual understanding, and a successful godly marriage.
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
Your spouse may meet many of your needs, but your deepest dependency should be on your Lord.
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.
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.
Always see your mate as an ally. Feedback is of little use if you see your spouse as an enemy. Giving and receiving constructive feedback is based on feelings of goodwill in both partners. Both of you need to remember that, even if you don’t always agree and even if you become irritated or angry, you are friends, and neither of you means to hurt the other.
If you want your husband to express appreciation for your attempts to be respectful, you must speak thankfully when he tries to be loving.
Good intentions do not always produce good words or outcomes.
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.
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.
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.
Your wife feels you are open with her when you discuss financial concerns, possible job changes or ideas for your future.
When you relinquish an offense, you need to send that offense somewhere. So follow Jesus’ example and release it to your heavenly Father.
Never give up. If you want to have a strong marriage, you need to accept temporary setbacks as part of the game.
Mutual understanding, not communication, is the key to a healthy marriage relationship.
We all need love and respect equally. But, during conflict our felt needs are as different as pink is from blue.
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.
The woman absolutely needs love, and the man absolutely needs respect. It’s as simple- and as difficult- as that.
Responding to offensive words or actions with your own offensive words and actions is damaging and unproductive.
You can be right in the argument, but wrong in your approach.
If you are seeking positive change in your marriage, you will need to make a positive change in your attitude and actions.
Parenting is a faith venture. As we parent “unto Christ” we reap God’s reward, “knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord” (Eph. 6:8 NKJV)
Your spouse has a need only you can fill.
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.
Marriage is a tool and a test to allow God’s will to be revealed in our lives.
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.
It is hard to be negative while being thankful.
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)
A parent needs to feel respected, especially during conflicts...A child need to feel loved, especially during disputes.
Christian maturity involves a lot of things, but surely it includes knowing how to process your anger.
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.
Both Judas and Peter denied Jesus Christ, but there is a huge difference between a Judas and a Peter.
No matter what your struggle- criticism, constant conflict, sex, money, parenting, harsh words- learning to communicate the Love and Respect way can help you make crucial changes and build the kind of relationship that God blesses.
Do you understand that God feels compassion for you, no matter what you have done or what your circumstances may be?
Be quick to listen and understand and you have a much better chance of being understood.
God’s commands are not burdensome, but are given to us to spare us from more pain. Why would God command you to do something that doesn’t work?
One thing to remember in this culture is if we say something complimentary towards one gender, we aren’t saying something against the other.
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.
Respect for the husband is just as important as love for the wife.
Often both spouses have goodwill but are not deciphering each other’s code. She criticizes out of love, but he “hears” only disrespect. He distances himself to prevent feelings from escalating, which is the honorable thing to do, but she “sees” only his failure to be loving!
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.
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.
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.
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)
This is the Rewarded Cycle: His love blesses regardless of her respect and her respect blesses regardless of his love.
You can experience hurt, but it is your choice to hate.
How we react to a situation reveals more about us than about the other person.
When Jesus said “turn the other cheek,” He wasn’t saying to be passive wimps. He was teaching that physically people can control you but if you turn and give the other cheek, suddenly you’re in control and you’re making the choices.
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.
In the ultimate sense you marriage has nothing to do with your spouse. It has everything to do with your relationship with Jesus Christ.
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.
As you pray together, you will truly learn to love and respect together.
The Crazy Cycle is, indeed, “the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness” (Ecclesiastes 7:25).
Unconditional respect, like unconditional love, is all about how one sounds (tone of voice and word choice) and appears (facial expressions and physical actions).
Focus on the positive in the midst of the negative, and the Energizing Cycle will keep right on humming.
God rewards your obedience to love and respect, even if your spouse does not respond!
Accidental sparks (unwise remarks) ignite and fuel a fire, and vroom goes the Crazy Cycle.
To not forgive is to shoot yourself in the foot and put extra gas in the Crazy Cycle.
We might say that every negative action in the family has an equal and opposite negative reaction.
Will we decide how we see God based on our circumstances, or will we see our circumstances in light of how we view God?
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.
Let the Lord change you, but don’t try to change each other.
The Crazy Cycle is, indeed “the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness” (Ecclesiastes 7:25)
We get on the Crazy Cycle because without love a wife reacts without respect, and without respect a husband reacts without love.
Self-interest should never come ahead of your spouse’s interests.
Above all trust God when the “whys” of life threaten to overwhelm you.
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.
No one can really practice Love and Respect unless he or she does it as unto Jesus Christ.
A man has a natural, inborn desire to go out and “conquer” the challenges of his world – to work and achieve.
You may believe that the careless, unloving or disrespectful words you speak are because your spouse is causing you to speak this way, but Jesus says that it is coming out of your heart.
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 you play the blame game your marriage never wins.
Be friendly. Be friendly. Be friendly. Watch what happens.
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.
When evil comes at you, you’re the one who makes the choice of whether or not it is going to go into you.
Always try to look at your spouse the way Jesus does.
You can be right but wrong at the top of your voice.
A marriage relationship will be energized when couples learn how to motivate each other God’s way.
Often the apparent issue isn’t the real issue; the real issue is always a matter of love or respect.
Marriage is a test of how you unconditionally love and respect your spouse as you obey, honor, and please the Lord.
You must “ask God from the wealth of his glory to give you power through his Spirit to be strong in your inner selves.”
When you look to God and His Word as your ultimate source of significance and security, you don’t demand that your spouse take that role in your life. And as you draw strength from the Lord individually, He draws you closer together as a couple.
Your words reveal your heart.
“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.“
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.
His love motivates her respect. Her respect motivates his love.
When you love or respect unconditionally regardless of the outcome, you are following God and His will for you.
As a husband, if you can grasp that you don’t always have to solve your wife’s problems, you will take a giant step toward showing her empathy and understanding.
Fight like a loving man and a respectful woman. Fight fair.
It’s so easy to dismiss our spouse as childish because we don’t have the same vulnerabilities they do.
Whether visiting a prison, feeding the hungry, giving the thirsty a drink or speaking a word of love or respect, everything is to be done to and for Christ.
We must bring our identity in Christ to our parenting—we must not derive our identity from our children.
Before hitting send, ask yourself, Have I listened carefully and understand the exact issue on the table?
You have to become proactive, rather than just trying to stop the reactive.
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?
You must distinguish between “I can’t” and “I won’t.”
You have two ears and one mouth; use them proportionately.
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.
Your position in Christ is what counts, not your less-than-perfect performance.
Your marriage is a test of your devotion to Christ.
Being friendly to her man is one of the most effective things a woman can do to strengthen her marriage.
We can all have moments of anger, but this does not mean we have to lose control and sin.