“… you and the wife of your youth… she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant. Has not God made you one?
You belong to God, body and spirit… be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth… the one to be protected…”
~ Malachi 2:14-16
This short passage has a wealth of wisdom and instruction for you and I, gentlemen. Only a few of those nuggets will be addressed here.
1. Our wife is our partner. In other words, there is no other person (regardless of who they are) that is equal to her place in our marriage. Our partnership is established in a covenant, making all other relationships subordinate to it. Our best friends, bosses at work, pastors at our church, relatives, and all other relationships are subordinate to the priority of the marriage relationship.
2. Our wife has been united with us in our spirit and in our body, by God. Our marriage is ordained by God, anointed by God, and predestined by God for unity and peace. It is sin, not an innocuous “incompatibility,” that leads to a dissolution of the very relationship that God has intended for perpetuity.
3. Our wife’s spirit and body belongs to God, and so do ours. We are not the owners of our life or our wife. God is the owner of us and “our” marriage, and we are blessed with the privilege of enjoying “our” marriage, and with the responsibility of caring for “our” marriage.
4. Our wife is to be protected through our faithfulness to the whole marriage covenant. We are to be the guardian of her spirit and her body, of her emotions and her mind. Our faithfulness is in reference to our whole being, not just the faithfulness in regard to physical adultery. It is a faithfulness to her in our imaginations, in our desires, in our thoughts, in our passions. All of these should be centered upon a cherishing of her entire being as a woman, the daughter of our Heavenly Father.
If you are like me, re-reading the above has shined some light on areas of God’s marriage that I want to rebuild, build upon, or nurture.
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