In this passage, God uses the prophet, Malachi, to correct several specific issues. Before He starts the list of corrections, God lays the foundation for which the corrections are to be received. “’I have loved you,’ says the Lord” (Malachi 1:2). Love is God’s primary motivation toward us. I like how the biblical commentator, John Morgan, translates this passage: “’I have loved you, I do love you, I will love you,’ says the Lord.”
As a father, there are a few times that I have had to correct my children, but my love for them exists all the time. They know that it’s because I love them so much that I correct their misdeeds and praise their good moments.