Fanning the Flames of Love
About the Guest
What happens outside of the bedroom directly affects what happens in the bedroom. That's according to author Dr. Daniel Akin, professor of preaching and theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and today's broadcast guest.
Daniel AkinDr. Daniel L. Akin is the sixth president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He and his wife, Charlotte, have four adult children.
What happens outside of the bedroom directly affects what happens in the bedroom.
Fanning the Flames of Love
Bob: Well, and don't you think that sometimes a husband will say something affirming to his wife, and his wife will say, "Oh, I don't think that's true," or she'll downplay the praise. And the husband will think to himself, "I'm not going to mess around saying stupid stuff like that if she's just going to act that way."
Danny: And he throws in the towel too soon.
Bob: And she's going, "Do you really believe that? Say it again sometime, because I doubt it, and I'm not sure I really believe it." Even if she says, "Don't say those kinds of things,” he needs to persevere and say, "But, honey, it's true."
Bob: And just stay after it, doesn't he?
Dennis: And if there's a guy listening right now who is not convinced at the end of what we just said here, just try it with your wife. Just try a little extra layer of icing, a little sweetness to the relationship.
I know, with Barbara, that she doesn't seem to ever get tired of hearing the words, "I love you," "I appreciate you for doing the household duties” that she does so faithfully, “for running errands,” “for helping me be able to do what I'm able to do.” She's never once said, "You know, sweetheart, I wish you'd stop doing that."
Now, she has said this. She has said, "You know, I wish you wouldn't brag on me so much publicly." But, honest, Danny, and you can comment on this, if you would, I'm not sure I really believe her.
Danny: Barbara is like Charlotte, because I brag on her, too, because I'm proud of her, like you are with Barbara. Charlotte is a hero to me like Barbara is to you, and so even though she says that, I do think on another level she is so thrilled to know that the number-one man in her life thinks that about her.
Bob: Well, you know what? Charlotte is like Mary Ann, because Mary Ann would say the same thing, and we've talked about it. She said, "I just don't want the attention drawn to me in public." And so there is part of her saying “I love being praised but just don't keep me in the spotlight too long.”
Dennis: Too long – you can let it kind of glance by there. I want to say here, we've just bragged on all three of our wives publicly before several hundred thousand people here on our radio program. I want you to know that we're not talking about three women who are perfect.
Danny: No, but they're great women.
Dennis: They are great women, and I think it's a matter of perspective of the husband that's so important here. A godly husband is not focused on his wife's flaws, failures, or weaknesses. I promise you, with all three of the women we've talked about around this table, there isn't a man at this table who couldn't find enough flaws in his own wife to focus on for a few minutes, all right?
But we've decided we're going to focus on what's right, not what's wrong. We're going to praise for what she does right, not what she does wrong. And what person today in fighting the good fight of faith and trying to live their lives out and raise a family today doesn't need another person to be on their team. It's like a law of gravity – who doesn't need it, you know? You need someone to be for you today.
Bob: Well, and the truth is, your wives are great women but mine exceeds them all, I'm sorry.
Danny: Oh, now we're going to have a debate here.
Bob: You know, I imagine there may be some guys listening who they know you wrote the book, God on Sex, and they think this doesn't sound like we're talking much about sex, but we've got to understand how the sexual dimension of marriage is really wrapped up in the whole relationship. You can't isolate it. You can't take the act and separate it from the souls of two people, and I think you point that out so well in your book.
We have copies of it in the FamilyLife Resource Center, and I would encourage our listeners to get a copy. Maybe a husband and wife would want to read through this book together – a book from a seminary president on intimacy in marriage. Contact us and ask about Danny Akin's book, God on Sex. You can go to our website, FamilyLifeToday.com, and request a copy from us there, or call 1-800-358-6329, 1-800-F-as-in-family, L-as-in-life, and then the word TODAY, and just mention that you’re interested in the book God on Sex when you contact us and we’ll send it out to you.
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And we want to encourage you to be back with us tomorrow when we’re going to continue the conversation with our guest this week, Dr. Danny Akin. I hope you can be with us.
I want to thank our engineer today, Keith Lynch, and our entire broadcast production team. On behalf of our host, Dennis Rainey, I'm Bob Lepine. We will see you back next time for another edition of FamilyLife Today.
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