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Giving God Your Very Best

Text - Malachi 2:10-16

 

 

 “Giving God Your Best At Home”

“You've all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race.     Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win... I'm running hard for the finish line. I'm giving it everything I've got.” 1 Cor 9:24-26 (Message)

 

 

Get God’s Perspective

 

1. God Loves Marriage- “Judah has profaned the Lord’s holy      institution which He loves…”  Malachi 2:11 (NKJ)

 

2. God Hates Divorce- “I hate divorce, says God ... the violent     dismembering of the 'one flesh' of marriage.” Malachi 2:16 (Message)

 

3. Your Vows Matter to God- “The Lord witnessed the vows you and your wife made to each other on your wedding day.” Mal 2:14 (NLT)

 

Follow God’s Prescription

 

1. A Husband Who Loves His Wife

“Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church… love your wives as your own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.”  Eph 5:25,28 (Message)

 

“Husbands, live with your wives with understanding…” 1 Pet 3:7 (GW)

 

2. A Wife Who Supports Her Husband

“Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ.” Eph 5:22 (Message)

 

“A nagging spouse is like the drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet... You can't turn it off, and you can't get away from it.” Pro 27:15 (Mess)

 

3. Children Who Honor Their Parents

Honor your father and mother...” Exodus 20:12 (NKJ)

 

“This is the first of God's Ten Commandments that ends with a promise. And this is the promise: If you honor your father and mother, yours will be a long life, full of blessing.” Eph 6:3 (LB)

 

4. A Family That Honors God

“God, not you, made marriage. His Spirit inhabits even the smallest details of marriage. And what does He want from marriage? Children of God, that's what.”  Malachi 2:15 (Message)

 

“Take heed to your spirit ...” Malachi 2:15,16 (NKJ)