There’s a reason so many couples have a hard time resolving marital conflict. When a disagreement erupts, they immediately sit down, start talking, and try to work out their differences.
Kinda sounds like the correct thing to do, doesn’t it? But according to my colleague, Dr. Greg Smalley, that’s the “absolute worst” thing you could do. Working through a disagreement with your spouse is part of the equation, but it’s not the place to begin.
Jesus laid out the proper path of reconciliation in Matthew 7:3 (ESV): “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?”
Tempers can flare and hearts can close in the midst of conflict. That’s why the best thing to do when a conflict has divided you and your spouse is to go to the Lord individually and get your heart back open.
How do you do that?
Greg and Erin Smalley will help couples discover a new approach to resolving their conflict on our Focus on the Family Broadcast, “Managing Marriage Conflicts in Healthy Ways.”
This is what we call a “tune-up” program. We offer practical advice that couples can put into practice tonight. Approach conflict in a healthy way, and it can help you understand your spouse and yourself better, and you can learn something about your marriage.
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