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Malachi: A Love Like No Other

Updated on April 30, 2013

Malachi 1:1-5: Love Accepted, Sin Rejected

Proverbs 8:13 says, “...I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.” Basically, this encompasses a hatred of sin, for evil is synonymous with sin. If sin is hated and Esau is hated, as stated in Malachi 1:3, can we look at His Word to us today and see Esau as a representation of sin? The Lord has a message for each of us individually in the book of Malachi through the Holy Spirit today, just as He poured out His message to Malachi for the people of his day. How will he speak to you? This is how He has spoken to me in the first 5 verses:

“I have loved you,” says the Lord. But I ask, ‘How have you loved me?’ “Was not sin with you at birth? Were you not struggling with it in the womb?” says the Lord. (see Genesis 25:19-34) “Yet I have loved you, but sin I have hated, and have turned it’s loftiness into desolation and left it's legacy barren.” Sin says, “Though I have been crushed, I will rebuild.” But this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Sin may build, but I WILL demolish it for evil is always under the wrath of the Lord. You will see it with your own eyes and say, ‘Great is the Lord—He has taken away my sin!’

Just as Jacob and Esau jostled with each other in the womb, sin was a struggle for me from the beginning. Yet Christ loved me, but hated my sin. He destroyed the loftiness of my sin on the Cross of Christ and left me with a legacy full of Him. Even though sin may rebuild within my life, it will always be overcome with the blood of the Precious Lamb of God. As Christians we have seen it with our own eyes and can say, “Great is the Lord—He has taken away my sin by defeating it on the Cross!”

Malachi 1: 6-14: Broken Hearts

The only acceptable sacrifice is the unblemished sacrifice of Christ, nothing less will do. So when our Heavenly Father asks, “where is the honor due me?” the only One we can bring is Christ, our acknowledgment of Him as our Savior and Lord. For Christ is the Son who honored his Father by shedding His blood on the Cross! That was the place where Honor was bestowed and we in turn honor our Heavenly Father by accepting this Perfect sacrifice. How do we accept this Perfect sacrifice? By offering “...spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:5 What are these spiritual sacrifices? Psalm 51:17 says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” Our broken hearts are the spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God and our hearts should break over our sin. Only then can we ...”implore God to be gracious to us” (Malachi 1:9) and only then can He begin to work in and through us. We simply give Him our humbled hearts and He gives us Himself! He consumes us with His Love, the Holy Spirit does it’s work and a fragrant aroma rises to the Lord. He is the only acceptable offering we must vow to give...”Christ in us, the Hope of Glory!” Colossians 1:27 Nothing less will do!


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      lab143 5 years ago

      Hi Faith Reaper! Thank you so much for checking out this hub. I so appreciate your insight and wisdom! We are nearing the end of our Malachi study at church and it's so amazing to see how much of the book revolves around/points to Christ! Your hub was such a blessing to me yesterday! Love~Jennifer

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Very profound hub here of His great love for us and that high price He paid for us,s o that we may be saved!

      To God be the glory.

      We are only able to love because He first love us!

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      You have a great day too Jennifer

      Your sister in Christ~Linda

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      lab143 5 years ago

      I'm so glad you liked it and felt loved through it! Your comment is an encouragement for me as well. You are very observant, Sister! Yes, that word should be do. I'll go back and change that. Thank you so much for pointing that out. Hope you have a blessed day! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! Love~Jennifer

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for your beautiful writing on Malachi. I felt loved and reminded that even with sin, I am not broken. The lord forgives and gives me hope of redemption. It's always so healing to remember that God does not abandon us but is always there, cheering us on.

      Just an FYI: is your word 'due' in a couple places meant to be 'do?' Not sure. (first line and last line under the Malachi Paragraph). God bless you for such an inspiring hub. You made my day brighter with this.

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      lab143 5 years ago

      Thank you Mekenzie! Your words are an encouragement to me. I love that song and can so relate to it. It's a great reflection of His Abiding Love for us. Yes, His is a Wondrous Love and I'm so thankful to be sealed in Him! Love-Jennifer

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      Susan Ream 5 years ago from Michigan

      Hi Jennifer, Welcome to Hubpages sister! Great devotional on the message that flows from the book of Malachi. Christ in you the hope of glory and Not I but Christ who lives in me.

      In surrender and a broken and contrite spirit we find Christ waiting to fill us with HIS power and strength.

      Do you know this old hymn: Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love ... Here's my heart oh take and seal it .. seal it for thy courts above? It reflects the truths of Scripture; We like sheep are prone to wander but the Lord is our Shepherd and He always comes after us; What wondrous love is this?

      Sin does separate us from communion with the Lord we love .. but His blood covers our sin and as we humble ourselves before Him we find perfect rest and peace.

      Thanks for a beautiful reflection of precious truths from Malachi today!

      God Bless you!!


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      lab143 5 years ago

      Thank you Skye! I so appreciate your kind words and value all of your comments! I'm so glad I met you today, Sweet Sister! Love, Jennifer

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      skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      lab precious sister. My oh my what a beautiful read dear woman of God. Oh Malachi what a wonderful book. He lamented over the sins of the people. We studied the book not too long ago at church.

      I love how you encouraged the reader in the Grace of God and His atonement for our sin. Oh Praise God girl He is worthy to be praised. Yep we are being reshaped and molded for a time as this girl. You keep these hubs coming. God will send many readers in the days to come. I am touched to meet you. I thank God He put us on the path at hubpages. Love you In Christ Skye

      Love your picture. Very nice. I feel like hitting my knees like that many times. Sometimes I cannot. Would not work the best while driving. God Bless you and yours!! Voted up in big way.