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Love and Respect | Part 2

Discover two crucial truths that have the power to refresh and even transform your marriage!

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July 18, 2021
Craig Walker
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Key Scriptures

However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Ephesians 5:33 NIV

Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Colossians 3:19 NIV

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Ephesians 5:31-33 NIV

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • PC stated that tension can be good in a relationship. Is that true?
  • Media today seems to portray Men as the weaker, clueless, hormone driven partner in a relationship. Do you see this as a true reflection of our culture today?

Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.

  • Which part of the message was most impactful for you and why?
  • When cornered or pinned against the wall in a argument, as a man do you defend your pride and retaliate? Or do you take the route of humility?
  • As the wife or female in a relationship, would you label yourself as “a take charge” person? Do you think this may intimidate the pride and respect of the male?
  • What kind of silent messages are we giving with our actions. Are you fostering unconditional love, or giving respect?

Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.

  • Men - PC gave The acronym for the word couple is what energizes a wife.
  • Of these which ones are your strengths and which ones are your weaknesses or need more work at?

C – Closeness

O - Openness 

U – Understanding

P – Peacemaking

L – Loyalty

E – Esteem

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

Jesus, thank you that you given us the example on how to love unconditionally and how to respect one another out of sincerity. I ask that the Holy Spirit search our hearts and put His finger on those areas that need strengthening. Help me submit unto my spouse and love my mate with your agape unconditional love. Help me to show respect as I would want to be respected and love as I would want to be loved.

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • This week I will take the time to inventory my life and allow God to point out areas I need to address.
  • I'm going to commit to break the crazy cycle and make a deliberate effort to practice showing my mate respect and unconditional love.
  • I'm going to make deliberate quality time to spend with my spouse and pray with each other.

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