“Do we not all have one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant
of our ancestors by being unfaithful to one another?” Malachi 2v10
Jesus taught that just as you can distinguish a healthy and an unhealthy tree by the fruit it produces, so you can see the spiritual health of a person’s heart by the ‘fruit’ of their life.
A life overflowing with worship of, and in devotion to God… of joyful obedience of His commands… of contented commitment to His will and calling… of prayerful dependence… of self-sacrificial service of others… a life lived consistently like that will only ever be an expression of a heart captivated by the love of God, responding with exuberant love for God in return. The people to whom Malachi wrote his prophecy were showing all the signs of spiritual rot at their core. In the religious realm, their clerics were apathetically ‘going through the motions’ – offering to God the dregs, the bare minimum. In the family sphere, marriage, which was supposed to be a daily reminder of the loving union and fidelity between God and His people, was in crisis. And at a wider societal level, the kind of social justice for the poor and marginalised which was supposed to reflect the heart and character of their God, and mark out His people, was culpably absent….