We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Malachi 2: 14-16 Divorce Additional

In the book of Malachi, I saw something that I have never seen before. The text seems to suggest that in marriage, God has given a portion of His Spirit that blesses the union, resulting in Godly children—if we as men remain faithful to our wives. Twice the text highlights “So guard yourselves in your spirit.” So many men today spend time building their bodies, their careers, and their hobbies; Paul in the NT writes that men ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. Can you imagine what our marriages would be like if we actually loved our wives as much as we enjoyed golf, or Monday night football, or fishing? What many men don’t realize is that the result of not loving their wives as much as they love themselves is loss. Did you know that the average divorce costs between 10 to 20 thousand dollars? Did you know that in America, divorce is a 31 billion dollar per year business, resulting in 175 billion dollars in money spent virtually down the drain? Can you imagine what would happen to this economy if we just strengthened our marriages? Can you imagine what would happen to our children, our careers, our health, if we just loved our wives as we loved ourselves? The deficit would be erased the budget balanced in just a few years and the storehouse of blessings from heaven would be ours! I can’t think of a better stimulus package! “Because the LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant.” Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking, Godly offspring? So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. “For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the LORD, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.”

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