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FAITHFULNESS

Date: September 9

Category: Marriage and Relationships

Malachi 2:15c, 16
"Therefore take heed to yourselves, and let no one deal treacherously and be faithless to the wife of his youth. For the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I hate divorce and marital separation and him who covers his garment [his wife] with violence. Therefore keep a watch upon your spirit [that it may be controlled by My Spirit], that you deal not treacherously and faithlessly [with your marriage mate]."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThese verses are about marriage and being faithful to one's spouse. At the time, the people of Israel were committing a sin that many people in our society commit today. They were engaging in sexual immorality. That could mean having sex with someone before marriage or having sex during marriage with someone other than his or her spouse. Sexual immorality is a great problem in humanity. When people aren't faithful to one another, they often divorce.

In Matthew 19:9 Jesus said, "I say to you: whoever dismisses (repudiates, divorces) his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a divorced woman commits adultery." In other words, if your spouse is having an affair with someone else, then you have every right to divorce him/her. But you don't have to divorce if your spouse stops the affair. It's possible to forgive your spouse and stay in the marriage, but often the past affair becomes a fracture in the relationship. However, according to this verse, if you divorce your spouse for a reason other than adultery, then you are committing adultery.

So it says here in Malachi 2:15c, "Therefore take heed to yourselves, and let no one deal treacherously and be faithlessly to the wife of his youth." Take heed means to pay attention and be cautious. God doesn't want us to be deceitful toward our spouses. There are many ways to avoid adultery. Both the husband and the wife have to understand one another's needs and do what it takes to please the other person. Often before a couple gets married, the woman usually thinks that her fiancée is her "Prince Charming." She's so in love with him that she could see no wrong. Usually the man thinks the same about the woman. He wants to talk to her all the time, be with her all the time, take her out, buy her nice things, etc. But after marriage, all that usually changes.

Suddenly the wife doesn't feel the need to dress up anymore. The husband doesn't feel the need to speak nice words to her anymore. They start taking each other for granted and that opens a door for Satan to tempt them. That's why it says here that we should take heed to ourselves. We need to understand our spouses. A wife needs to understand that her husband needs her to dress up once in awhile. He needs her praise and appreciation, and he needs to be sexually intimate with her on a regular basis. A husband needs to understand that his wife needs to be treated nicely all the time. She needs kind words, thoughtful gifts, affection, and attention. When both spouses can understand that, then their marriage will be successful.

Then in verse 16 it says, "For the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I hate divorce and marital separation and him who covers his garment [his wife] with violence. Therefore keep a watch upon your spirit [that it may be controlled by My Spirit], that you deal not treacherously and faithlessly [with your marriage mate]." So God hates divorce and He hates him who is violent toward his wife. A man can abuse his wife with both words and actions. That's wrong and very dangerous because God hates it. The way to overcome that is to watch our spirits and allow ourselves to be controlled by the Spirit of God. When we are controlled by God's Spirit, then we will not do those things that are displeasing to the Lord.

So we need the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us so that our flesh, our emotions, or our intellect will not direct us. When we allow God's Spirit to control us, then we will not deal treacherously with our spouses. That's when we can be truly faithful to our spouses. When you have the Holy Spirit and you have an understanding of what pleases your spouse, then you can do what pleases him/her and protect your marriage from any temptations from Satan. So we need the Holy Spirit in order to be faithful.

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