Dr. Greg Smalley serves as the vice president of Marriage and Family Formation at Focus on the Family. In this role, he develops and oversees initiatives that prepare individuals for marriage, strengthen and nurture existing marriages and help couples in marital crises. Greg and his wife, Erin, have four children and have written several resources on marriage, including Crazy Little Thing Called Marriage.
When a family faces a polarizing conflict, what can a pastor do to help?
What is a practical exercise a couple can try when they are facing a conflict?
How can a couple continue to honor one another when they disagree?
“This particular election season we saw a lot of negativity, a lot of dishonor, a lot of de-valuing that has created a ripple effect throughout our culture that has bled into the feeling of our country, which has impacted our families and our marriages.”
“Spiritual warfare is real. We have an enemy that wants to divide. He wants to kill, steal, and destroy. He hates unity.”
“God created marriage to instill this idea of oneness…I believe oneness is the super power inside of a marriage.”
“When we’re united; when we’re one, nothing is impossible for us. And I tell you what: Satan hates that.”
“When we see people, first and foremost we need to recognize that this is a son, this is a daughter of the most High King.”
“The Scriptures are filled with that theme: That we’re valuable because that’s what God said. That’s God’s idea. How do we then protect and steward what God has instilled within each one of us?”
“One way we can honor our marriage is to notice and look for what it is about our spouse that makes him or her so valuable.”
“If you’re single or not; we all should be honoring marriage.”