TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read) Practical application: Love God and Love People, because one day God will return.
Find the original NIV Version of Malachi 4.
1“Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Lord Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them.
Judgement day is coming. Be ready.
2 But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. 3 Then you will trample on the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty.
God is going to use us to trample the others. I don’t feel awesome about this, but I’m sure God has his reasons.
4 “Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel.
5 “See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”
Elijah here I believe is Jesus. Jesus will help parents love their children and children love their parents. Or else God will smite us for not loving one another. Sounds fair to me.
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