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You people in Judah and Jerusalem have been unfaithful to the LORD. You have disgraced the temple that he loves, and you have committed the disgusting sin of worshiping other gods. I pray that the LORD will no longer let those who are guilty belong to his people, even if they eagerly decide to offer the LORD a gift. And what else are you doing? You cry noisily and flood the LORD's altar with your tears, because he isn't pleased with your offerings and refuses to accept them. And why isn't God pleased? It's because he knows that each of you men has been unfaithful to the wife you married when you were young. You promised that she would be your partner, but now you have broken that promise. Didn't God create you to become like one person with your wife? And why did he do this? It was so you would have children, and then lead them to become God's people. Don't ever be unfaithful to your wife.
The Holy Spirit inspired the prophet Malachi to compare "worshipping other gods" to being unfaithful to your wife. When a man puts "another woman" into the focus of his heart his wife shares the sorrow of God!
Marriage is a human relationship which is an image of the God-Man interaction which He desires with all His heart!
The relationship that we can have with God through His Son Jesus Christ is like marriage in so many ways. Our close, personal relationship with Jesus results in "new life."
When you live out the image of Eternity in your marriage, you will be blessed in many ways! But when you violate that picture in your marriage, your fellowship with Jesus is seriously damaged!
Let the Word of God, spoken by Malachi ring in your ears and go deep in your heart! "Don't ever be unfaithful to your wife!"
"Lord Jesus, help me to guard my heart in my relationship with You and with my wife. May Your Holy and Precious Name be praised now and forever. Amen."