FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Guard Your Heart (Malachi 2:16)

with | August 17, 2023
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Want to affair-proof your marriage? Then guard your heart.

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  • Want to affair-proof your marriage? Then guard your heart.

  • 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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Guard Your Heart (Malachi 2:16)

August 17, 2023
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Ron: Want to affair-proof your marriage? Then guard your heart.

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

Ron: “Guard yourselves in your spirit,” says Malachi 2:16 in the Bible, “and do not be faithless to the wife of your youth.” You see the problem was the men of Judah had been trading in their wives for younger women and God was calling them into repentance. “The way you keep yourself from sin,” he says, “is to guard your spirit.”

As married people we should guard our thoughts—how often we think negatively about our spouse, or hold on to hurt. Guard your eyes from pornography or whatever distracts your attention. Guard your boundaries with friends or co-workers so an inappropriate relationship doesn’t form. Guard your spirit and you guard your marriage. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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