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Counselors Should Steer Couples Away From Blame Game


In marriage counseling, it’s common to find spouses playing the part of attorneys—stating their case why the other spouse is to blame for the problems at hand.

A husband blames his wife for his neglect because she’s not physically affectionate enough. A wife blames her husband for her critical nature because he’s not emotionally intimate enough. As a counselor, it’s easy to slip into the role of a judge trying to decide who “wins.”

The wiser approach is to hold spouses responsible for their own actions and words. The apostle Paul clearly describes this principle of personal responsibility in Galatians 6:7-8, saying that a man (or woman) “reaps what he sows.” Consider the following steps to counseling couples away from the name-and-blame game and toward a “harvest” of a better marriage. read more

Beware the Seductress

The destructive power of seduction can lead a spiritual leader down a wrong path and cause him to lose every good thing for which he was created. read more

A Time to Heal

Regardless of their views on the subject, church leaders must minister to families touched by divorce with Spirit-filled pastoral care. read more

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