As we continue through Paul’s second letter to the Corinthian church, we see that he has been very transparent about himself and his ministry. His desire is that those he’s writing to feel the same affection towards him.
We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. As a fair exchange — I speak as to my children — open wide your hearts also.
2 Corinthians 6:11-13
He’s telling them this because it’s very important to guard our hearts. We have to be asking; who do we open our hearts to? Sometimes we set ourselves up for problems and setbacks in this area.
Look at how Paul warns the church.
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?
2 Corinthians 6:14-15
Most of the teaching that I hear about this passage has to do with marriage. They teach that a Christian should never marry a non-Christian.
While I believe that this is true. There’s more to it than just the marriage issue. It refers to any contractual partnership arrangement. We have to be careful with how closely we attach ourselves to the world system.
Of course, we can have non-Christian friends. How else will they see the Gospel message lived out? That’s not a problem.
To understand this we need to look at the words Paul uses to describe this attachment.
The word, yoked, is a Greek word that actually means yoked differently. It’s like yoking a bull and a horse together. No work will get done. They’re too different.
Also, you can’t yoke two animals together that are facing opposite directions. I’ve seen the spiritual equivalent of this in a marriage.
There were two Christian individuals. They were both at about the same level in their Christian walk. They, unfortunately, didn’t do any pre-marital counseling.
If they had they would have discovered that even though they were at the same spiritual level, she was heading toward Christ while he was heading away from Him. The marriage ended in divorce.
We have to be careful who we attach ourselves to, either in romantic relationships or business partnerships. They can either drag us down or lift us up to our full potential.
In my next post, I’ll look at the other words in this passage that Paul uses to describe these relationships. It’s important that we guard ourselves against this spiritual minefield.
Question: How have you seen this concept of unequal yoking played out?
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