FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Act With Understanding (Proverbs 11)

with | September 7, 2023
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You know it's true: we often judge what we don't understand.

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  • You know it's true: we often judge what we don't understand.

  • Ron Deal

    Ron L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series of books including the bestselling Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages® and Becoming Stepfamily Smart (with Dr. Gary Chapman), The Smart Stepfamily: 7 Steps to a Healthy Family, and Preparing to Blend. Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist, popular conference speaker, and host of the FamilyLife Blended podcast. He and his wife, Nan, have three sons and live in Little Rock, Arkansas. Learn more at

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Act With Understanding (Proverbs 11)

September 07, 2023
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Ron: You know it’s true: we often judge what we don’t understand.

Announcer: For FamilyLife Blended®, here’s Ron Deal.

Ron: There are a lot of things about stepfamily living that people who don’t live in a stepfamily find hard to understand. For the most part, people are supportive of their blended-family friends and family. But not everyone. The Bible says in Proverbs 11, “A man who lacks judgment belittles his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue.”

From the outside it’s easy to criticize stepfamilies or disparage their spiritual journey. But those who take the time to understand discover that, stepfamilies like all families, consist of imperfect people who are redeemed by a Savior. Don’t’ make fun of your neighbor. Hold your tongue in understanding. For FamilyLife Blended, I’m Ron Deal.

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