Love and Respect | Part 1
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Love and Respect | Part 1

July 18, 2021

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

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • Can you give an example from your own life or someone you know how the crazy cycle plays out?

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

  • Is it possible for a wife to give and show respect to her husband if he’s being a jerk?
  • Is it possible for a husband to love his wife when she shows him no respect?

Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.

  • Question for Women, what makes you feel loved/unloved by your husband?
  • Question for men, what makes you feel respected/ not respected by your wife?
  • Is the crazy cycle worth breaking to do it?

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

Prayer for the Married Person.

Holy Spirit, please lead and guide me in every moment when it comes to how I should treat my spouse and others. Show me if there is anything I am doing that is hindering me from stepping into a stronger marriage. If there is any area where respect, trust and love is lacking, please reveal this to me. I speak restoration and healing over any area of my marriage that is broken . I declare wholeness over every area of my marriage. In Jesus Name I pray, amen.

Prayer for the Single Person.

Holy Spirit, please lead and guide me in every moment when it comes to how I should treat my future spouse and others. Show me if there is anything I am doing now that will hindering me from stepping into a strong marriage. If there is any area where respect, trust and love is lacking, please reveal this to me. I speak restoration and healing over any area of my life that is broken. I declare wholeness over every area of my life and pray that you will lead me to make the right decision when choosing a spouse. In Jesus Name I pray, amen.

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

To break the crazy cycle you have to recognize it’s starting then arrest your emotions. Don’t keep talking/arguing, take a minute to regain control. Then, choose to say or do something you never would have done in the past that is in line with being loving or respectful. It takes work and practice but learning to stop the crazy cycle is worth it to have a good marriage. When you blow it with your spouse and you will, be quicker to let it go and seek reconciliation, again say or do something different than the old you never used to do. The Holy Spirit resides in you and will help you as you both ask Him for help.

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