The Love & Respect Experience (Audiobook)
Have you ever been excited about having a regular devotional time with your spouse, only to end up feeling distracted, frustrated, or misunderstood after your time together? After surveying thousands of couples about their top concerns and struggles, Emerson has crafted a fifty-two week devotional that will appeal to both wives and husbands as they seek to listen to what God has to say to them.
Explore a Few of Our Devotions
- God Joined You Together, And He Will Keep You Together
- The 80:20 Ratio: The Secret to Appreciating Your Marriage
- Mistakes Happen—And Then What?
- Question: What Is Love? Answer: C-O-U-P-L-E
- Question: What Is Respect? Answer: C-H-A-I-R-S
- Newton’s Law: The Crazy Cycle In Action
A Husband-Friendly Devotional That Wives Truly Love
Have you ever experienced the disappointment of eagerly anticipating a meaningful devotional time with your spouse, only to find yourself feeling distracted, frustrated, or misunderstood afterwards? It is a common scenario where women often feel energized by the idea of engaging in a couples' devotional, while men may have a different perspective. According to Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, a renowned best-selling author and marriage expert, many husbands simply do not find the standard devotional books for couples to be interesting or relatable. After attempting it a few times, they tend to seek alternative activities, leaving the devotional practice behind. Recognizing this common challenge, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs offers insights and solutions to transform your devotional experience, bridging the gap between both partners and fostering a deeper spiritual connection.
52 Weeks to Learning Love & Respect
Introducing The Love & Respect Experience: A Unique Devotional Journey Tailored for Couples. With the invaluable insights gained from surveying thousands of couples about their deepest concerns and struggles, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs has meticulously crafted a fifty-two week devotional that transcends gender differences and speaks to the hearts of both wives and husbands. In this transformative journey, each concise devotional is thoughtfully designed to fit into your busy lifestyle, guiding you to explore the core principles of Love & Respect while inviting you to uncover the personal messages God has for you individually, and as a couple. Recognizing the uniqueness of every relationship, Dr. Emerson provides practical, tailored advice and direction to ensure this devotional becomes a powerful catalyst for growth in your marriage. The Love & Respect Experience is an invaluable tool that will invigorate your spiritual connection with God and rejuvenate your marriage with the transformative power of love and respect.
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
Words of love from a husband are like good medicine that brings life to the marriage.
Assume goodwill about the person you are in conflict with.
Positive changes flood a relationship immediately when both husband and wife cancel the blame game!
Focus on the positive in the midst of the negative, and the Energizing Cycle will keep right on humming.
Marriage is a test of how you unconditionally love and respect your spouse as you obey, honor, and please the Lord.
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.
Do you understand that God feels compassion for you, no matter what you have done or what your circumstances may be?
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.
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.
When you relinquish an offense, you need to send that offense somewhere. So follow Jesus’ example and release it to your heavenly Father.
Be friendly. Be friendly. Be friendly. Watch what happens.
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 marriage relationship will be energized when couples learn how to motivate each other God’s way.
Unconditional love or respect is never wasted. Hang onto this promise: “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary” (Galatians 6:9).
To get offended is easy, but to forgive is within your power as you walk in His steps.
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.
Fight like a loving man and a respectful woman. Fight fair.
Since it is easy to focus on the negative, focus on your mate’s good qualities and express thanks with positive words of Love or Respect.
Self-interest should never come ahead of your spouse’s interests.
Your position in Christ is what counts, not your less-than-perfect performance.
“Living happily ever after” means knowing how to deal with the imperfect parts of life.
Before hitting send, ask yourself, Have I listened carefully and understand the exact issue on the table?
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.
Your hunger for God can create an appetite in your children.
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.
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.
A parent needs to feel respected, especially during conflicts...A child need to feel loved, especially during disputes.
When a wife insists that her husband earn her respect, she puts him in a lose-lose situation.
When evil comes at you, you’re the one who makes the choice of whether or not it is going to go into you.
Your wife will feel esteemed when you speak highly of her in front of others.
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)
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.
He will feel appreciated when you recognize his problem-solving approach as his male brand of empathy.
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.
Do you seek to understand or only to be understood?
“You can be right, but wrong at the top of your voice.”
We all need love and respect equally. But, during conflict our felt needs are as different as pink is from blue.
Always try to look at your spouse the way Jesus does.
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.
Don’t conclude that your spouse is wrong when he/she is seeking to do the right and righteous thing.
It’s hard to realize that we would never act around our business associates the way we act around our spouse.
Ladies, be careful. “A nagging wife goes on and on like the drip, drip, drip of the rain” (Proverbs 19:13).
His love motivates her respect. Her respect motivates his love.
Share what God is saying to your heart, not what you think He needs to say to your mate.
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.
Do not live by the standards of Hollywood; trust what God says in His Holy Word.
Research and experience prove that men and women see and hear differently. Recognizing these differences and adjusting to them is absolutely necessary for reaching mutual understanding and better communication.
You speak lovingly or respectfully no matter how your spouse may speak to you in return. Your spouse is not the reason--good or bad--why you speak unconditional words of love or respect. God is the reason, and as you depend on Him, you will become increasingly able to speak lovingly and respectfully to your spouse.
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.
Your marriage is a test of your devotion to Christ.
Your wife feels you are open with her when you discuss financial concerns, possible job changes or ideas for your future.
Optimism or pessimism? It is always a choice, no matter what your natural temperament.
God rewards your obedience to love and respect, even if your spouse does not respond!
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.
Do you believe that there is a God who really loves you and wants to help you?
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.
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.
Above all trust God when the “whys” of life threaten to overwhelm 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.
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.
Often the apparent issue isn’t the real issue; the real issue is always a matter of love or respect.
The difference between successful couples and unsuccessful couples is that successful ones keep getting up and dealing with the issues.
The parent-child relationship is as easy, and as difficult, as love and respect.
You can be right but wrong at the top of your voice.
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.
We are either going to give in the darkness or we are going to give into the darkness.
Accidental sparks (unwise remarks) ignite and fuel a fire, and vroom goes the Crazy Cycle.
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.
Pink and Blue perceptions not only affect seeing, they affect hearing as well. Women hear with pink hearing aids and men hear with blue hearing aids. Even more important to understand as you and your spouse seek to gain better communication, you can hear the very same words, but each of you will hear different messages.
Will we decide how we see God based on our circumstances, or will we see our circumstances in light of how we view God?
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)
So I encourage every husband and wife to commit to the Jesus Way of Talking. Instead of allowing the stress of the situation to control you, you can say to yourself, “Because I love the Lord and I know that He rewards every good word, I am going to be truthful even if my spouse is not. I will also be uplifting, forgiving, thankful and scriptural in my speech because my ultimate goal is to please the Lord. Whatever my spouse’s weaknesses or bad habits might be, I will not let them cause me to sin with my lips.”
Recognize your different gifts--how each of you (Pink and Blue) functions according to God’s perfect design.
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.
You both forgive for one simple but profound reason: because you know Christ has forgiven you!
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 has a need that you don’t have. Are you going to say there is something seriously wrong with them or will you say “Viva la Difference”?
No one can really practice Love and Respect unless he or she does it as unto Jesus Christ.
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.
We are worth Jesus to the Father.
As strong and powerful as marriage bonds can become, our deepest dependency must be on the Lord, not another human being.
It is so easy to draw wrong conclusions about a spouse’s character and motives due to an occasional flare-up or silly comment.
We might say that every negative action in the family has an equal and opposite negative reaction.
The mature one in the marriage seldom moves second.
When confronting your spouse, attack the behavior, not the person.
To not forgive is to shoot yourself in the foot and put extra gas in the Crazy Cycle.
Christian maturity involves a lot of things, but surely it includes knowing how to process your anger.
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)
Marriage is a tool and a test to allow God’s will to be revealed in our lives.
Your spouse may meet many of your needs, but your deepest dependency should be on your Lord.
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.
Husbands, to energize your wife give her face-to-face time, allowing her to talk and share her feelings.
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.
Suppressing negative feelings is not loving, respectful or very wise. Speak up tactfully.
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.
The moment we cry to Him for help, He is already pleased. He gives us strength to love our children.
Whose voice are you listening to: Hollywood or God’s Holy Word?
We can all have moments of anger, but this does not mean we have to lose control and sin.
A husband may deserve contempt, but that doesn’t win him any more than harshness and anger wins the heart of a woman.