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					Discover Your True Identity 12 – Balancing Love and Respect –
Husbands and Wives – Ephesians 5:21-33




BIG IDEA: BEING FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT LEADS TO MUTUAL
HUMILITY. HUSBANDS AND WIVES NEED BOTH LOVE AND
RESPECT LIKE WE NEED FOOD AND WATER. IF WE WANT TO
HAVE BETTER RELATIONSHIPS WE MUST DEPEND ON THE
SPIRIT TO GIVE WHAT IS NEEDED WHEN IT DOESN’T COME
NATURALLY.

I. Being filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18) leads to speaking,
singing, and __________ to one _________. (Eph. 5:21)

A. It is more natural for the woman to __________/_________. This is
part of God’s image reflected in the wife. When in a heated
argument, the husband may need to be reassured of his wife’s
___________.

B. The husband more naturally learns to show mutual respect
with those at work if he is to get along. When in a heated
argument, the wife may need to be reassured of the husband’s
_________.

The less loved she feels, the harder it is to show respect. The
less respected he feels, the less he wants to give the love she
needs! So how does being filled with God’s Spirit help break this
cycle?

II. He admonishes us to work harder and depend more on ________
for what your mate __________, but doesn’t come _________ for you.

A. Wives - ____________ Colossians 3:18-19. This will energize him
and encourage his spiritual ____________.

1. What does this look like?
2. Even if you don’t feel the love you may be surprised. . .




B. Husbands __________ your wives as Christ loved the church
and, “ ___________ _________ ________ for her. . .”

1. What does this look like?




Agape =




Men and Women – We do this out of reverence for Christ
___________ they deserve it! (Eph. 4:32) Then watch how it will
become more natural. . .

Servant/Leader model from Christ – Matthew 20:25-28

III. How am I supposed to lead my family spiritually?




Resources: www.family.org and www.familylife.com = 100’s of free articles and
practical tools for marriage and parenting. Books and CDs: Men Are Like
Waffles/Women Are Like Spaghetti, by Bill and Pam Farrel; Love and Respect, by
Emerson E. Eggrichs, Phd.

				
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