In this first passage from the book of Malachi, the prophet must share a burdensome message with his people. They had forgotten God’s love, and had allowed their relationship with him and with others to become distorted. Malachi reminds them that God has a covenant love for them, and that this love should be the foundation for their obedience. His love is demonstrated in his sovereignty in salvation, and this realization should lead God’s people to utter humility and thankfulness. Have we been changed by God’s love? Do we delight in his word and in sharing our faith?