In my last post, we started looking at the issue of unequal yoking. The Apostle Paul warned us against marriages or business partnerships between a Christian and a non-Christian.
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
The reason is based upon the five words he uses to describe this relationship. In my last post, I looked at what yoked means. Today, I’ll deal with the others.
In common. This is a word that means a sharer or participant. It means that you both share something.
In this situation, if one participant is being disciplined by God or attacked by the enemy, they both share the results. I don’t want someone else’s problems to dictate what happens to me.
Fellowship. This is the Greek word, koinoonía. It speaks of the fellowship we share as believers.
In Christ, we’re better together than separately. That’s because of the Holy Spirit living in us. Without the Spirit of God working in your partner, there can be no true fellowship.
Harmony. This is a word that’s normally translated as agreement. It comes from a Greek word that means to sound together.
This is an important difference between believers and the world. A Christian’s speaking should be based in his faith. When an unbeliever speaks, it’s usually based on fear, greed, desire, or any of a number of other things.
How we talk creates the environment around us. Unequal yoking causes a very stress filled atmosphere.
I experienced this firsthand. For a while, I worked for a startup company whose president was a believer. Unfortunately, the vice-president was actually anti-Christian. After a year or two, the tension became unbearable and I had to resign.
In common. Even though this phrase is used twice, they’re actually two different words in the Greek. This one means a share or a portion.
There are things I’m expecting and believing to receive from the Lord. An unbeliever is not in a position to receive some of these things.
Those in the world believe that they have to work for everything they get. They feel that everything they have is a result of their efforts. Believers, on the other hand, give glory to God for all good things. These are two very different mindsets.
As I said when I began this subject in my last post, we have to be very careful in our choices of who we attach ourselves to. We might just be bringing ourselves unneeded baggage and hurt without even realizing it.
Guard your heart against this problem.
Question: How do you guard your relationships?
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