Covenant Faithlessness (Malachi 2:10-16)

Be careful who you marry.  I know you are young now, but at some point you will probably get married.  Most people do, though God has called some to be single (though never alone).  I would encourage you to start thinking about marriage now because the person you marry is one of the most important decisions you will ever make in your entire life!  God gives us help in making this tough decision, and we need to listen closely to what he says.

First, the person you marry must be a Christian.  And not just that they call themselves of Christian, but you can see that they are living to please God because they love Him and they love Jesus. God says that to marry someone who is not a Christian is an abomination.  That’s a big word but it means that God hates it.  God wants you to be happy, but he wants you to be happy in Him.  That’s why Paul wrote that if you are not married, you are free to marry anyone you want in Him. In other words, Christian women are free to marry Christian men, and Christian men are free to marry Christian women.  That’s what “in Him” means.  We are not free to just marry anyone we want.  Our love for God and Jesus must always be greater than our love for anyone else.

At the same time, our love for God must be our motivation in marriage.  Paul wrote that a husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the Church.  A wife is to submit and respect her husband as the Church does to Jesus.  That means that when two Christians are married, they are not to divorce one another.  Often times people that get divorced will say that they stopped loving one another or that they had irreconcilable differences (they can’t agree on things). But Malachi wrote that those excuses are good enough to get a divorce.  He wrote that this was a violent act toward himself or herself.  So we must be one guard to keep our marriages according to God’s Word.

This was probably one of the most, if not the most difficult sermon I have ever preached. To get the full scope of these verses, please watch the video above.

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