This post is unlike my usual posts, in fact it’s an excerpt taken from Biblegateway’s Once a Day Bible Promise. This morning it reminded me of the importance of choosing a life partner who is grounded in Christ. I felt the need to share it with you guys because as we all seek God’s face having someone who “speaks the same language” as ourselves will help us in our walk. I hope you enjoy!
2 Corinthians 6:14,16 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 agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
If you’ve ever seen two yoked animals, you know that a matched pair of animals is necessary. Otherwise, they won’t move as a team. That’s why you would never yoke a horse with an ox.
These verses from Corinthians offer excellent advice for all kinds of relationships. To be yoked with someone means you are working with them as a team.
Sometimes believers read these verses and they are tempted to think they need to build a high wall around themselves, close the drawbridge and never come out lest they be infected by the evil world. That’s not what the rest of the Bible tells us, however, nor was that Jesus’ example to us.
We need to pray that we can be around unbelievers—at school, at work, in the neighborhood—and yet not be influenced by them. We need to discern how to have friendships with unbelievers and yet know where to draw the line. We need to interact with them, but not be yoked to them. We need to pray that we will shine for Christ and influence unbelievers—not the other way around.
God’s Promise to Me
- You are my temple.
- I am your God and I walk beside you.
*Excerpt taken from Biblegateway’s Once-A-Day Bible Promises