Satan wants to destroy your marriage.
That’s not a scare tactic. Satan hates marriage because a loving, faithful couple who use their gifts to serve each other and their community is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. Strong, healthy, God-fearing marriages produce strong, healthy, God-fearing families and communities.
In corrupt marriages, Satan attacks couples with lies that promote unhealthy fairy-tale expectations and destructive relationship stories.
Dr. Greg Smalley and Dr. Bob Paul has seen these lies at work in many married couples. Greg is the Vice President of Marriage here at Focus on the Family. Bob leads our Hope Restored marriage intensives, our outreach to couples on the brink of separation or divorce.
They say there are nine lies that often happen between couples:
- Happiness is the main goal of marriage.
- Marriage is about union, not individuality.
- All a couple needs is love.
- You have to sacrifice who you are for your marriage.
- You must meet each other’s needs.
- Your differences cannot be changed.
- You have to work hard to earn your partner’s love.
- You must “fix” your spouse.
- Compromise is losing the argument.
The antidote to lies is the truth. The truth brings hope and healing to married couples.
As We Focus on Family Broadcast “Resisting the Lies That Are Ruining Your Marriage,” Greg and Bob join us in busting every myth and explaining God’s design for marriage. Listen to your local radio station, onlineon Apple Podcaststhrough Google Podcastsor take us with you to our free phone app.
Marriage is at the forefront of our ministry here at Focus on the Family. We emphasize it because it is the foundation of the family structure. This is also a picture of the Gospel, which shows the love of Christ for people.
While marriage can be filled with beautiful moments, there are also challenges. There is no denying that it takes a lot of work and intentionality. And if you’re willing to face challenges, you can weather the storms and come out better on the other side.
If you are on the brink of divorce, our restored marriage intensives at Hope can go a long way to speeding up healing between you and your spouse and bringing healing to your relationship. The intensives took place in four locations: Branson, MO; Greenville, MI; the WinShape Retreat Center in Rome, GA; and our new location in Cave Creek, AZ. The number for Hope Restored is 1-866-875-2915, or visit online.
And while you’re online, why not take a few moments to try our free Marriage Evaluation online tool? This will help you quickly identify what is going well in your relationship and identify areas where you need improvement.
Before I end, I would like to extend an invitation for you to become a special partner with us through our monthly “Friends of Family Focus” program. If you do, I will send you a copy of Dr. Greg Smalley and Dr. Bob Paul co-authored the book 9 Lies That Will Ruin Your Marriage: And The Truth That Will Save It and Set It Out as a way of saying thank you for touching others with the love of Christ. You’ll also receive member-exclusive benefits. To make your pledge, or for more information, click HERE or call 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).