Yahweh Condemns Unfaithfulness
As Pastor Dieudonne was preaching on Yahweh’s Faithfulness, Sunday August 20th, I was reminded of Acts 2:37, where the congregation of Jews that Peter preached to at Pentecost was cut to the heart upon the hearing of the word. Hebrews 4:12 tells us, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Like a scalpel in the hand of a surgeon, God’s Word is meant to penetrate our hearts and souls both to convict us of sin and to open up this “infection” to the light of God’s truth! There are times when the scalpel of God’s word only needs to prick our hearts, and there are indeed times when His word must go a little deeper.
I do not think that I was the only one who was cut to the heart by Pastor Dieudonne’s message this past weekend. He showed us in Malachi 2:10-16, how Yahweh condemns unfaithfulness toward one another, unfaithfulness in inter-religious marriages, and unfaithfulness in marriage. Pastor Dieudonne reminded us that we should be faithful toward each other because we are all brothers and sisters in Christ with one Father. He reminded us that Yahweh condemns inter-religious marriages because they draw one’s heart away from God to the worship of idols. He reminded us that Yahweh condemns unfaithfulness in marriage of all kinds, but especially that of divorce. Just like in the book of Malachi, these warnings are given by a merciful God who longs for us to confess our sin and repent so that we may find life in his name!
I want to encourage you this week, if you have not done so already, to spend some time meditating on these warnings from God and asking God to show you any areas of sin that might be there.
How are you doing in your faithfulness towards your brothers and sisters in Christ? Is there a relationship that needs to be reconciled?
If you are single, are you considering marrying someone who would draw your heart away from Christ (2 Corinthians 6:14).
If you are already married, are there things in your life that might be drawing your heart away from God? Are there areas of unfaithfulness in your marriage? Are there specific ways that you have been unfaithful to your spouse? Have thoughts of divorce and “greener” pastures crept into your heart?
If there are areas that you need to confess and repent, I would encourage you to do so! Plead with our merciful God for the grace to change! He is waiting with open arms!
With much love for you,
The Structure of Malachi