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Love and Respect | Part 3

What keeps so many couples somewhere between the Crazy Cycle and the Energizing Cycle? Find out this Sunday!

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July 25, 2021
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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

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn “ ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:34-39 NIV

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:43-48 NIV

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. Ephesians 5:21-22 NIV

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her Ephesians 5:25 NIV

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. Ephesians 6:7-8 NIV

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • What is the heart of God when it comes to having a great marriage?

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

  • Do you find yourself comparing what chores you do around the house compared to your spouse?
  • Are you willing to go above and beyond once in awhile to do more?

Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.

  • Is it easier or harder to show love or respect to your spouse when you do it as unto the Lord?

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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