Verse of the Day

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? —2 Corinthians 6:14

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

Few other Scriptures have produced more difficulty for God’s servants — ministers, pastors, elders — as they have sought to serve others. While not applying only to marriage, it almost certainly applies as a warning to a believer thinking about marrying an unbeliever. It is a Spirit-inspired reminder that when we make life-long partnerships with those who do not share our deepest values in Christ, we are endangering our spiritual health and placing future misunderstandings and burdens on our partnership. Just as God’s Law would not allow the Israelites to yoke a donkey and an ox together because it would ultimately break them both down, Paul also reminds Christians this same principle is true for their most significant relationships as well.


My Prayer…

Father God, I know your will is not arbitrary. I know you want what is best for me. So please give me wisdom as I choose my partnerships and closest friends. Help us as believers to help each other live for you and share your blessings and grace with those who are not believers. Please use us to influence others to come to know you, your mercy, and your salvation more thoroughly, and also have the courage to do so before entering into lasting and significant relationships with them. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Bible References

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

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  1. 2 Corinthians 6:14
    Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what can righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

    The church at Corinth had many problems, one of these problems was that the Corinthian believers were not living lives that were separated from the ungodliness and ungodly people that were all around them. They were entering into marriages with unsaved individuals and becoming business partners with those who did not know Christ as Lord and Savior. And it was causing them to live sinful lives, lives that were not God honoring! To that end Paul says our verse for today.

    “What can righteousness and wickedness have in common?”
    What indeed! People who know Christ and those who do not are serving two different masters. Those who have accepted Christ are serving God, and those who have not come to faith in Christ are serving Satan. They will be constantly pulling against one another in opposing directions in life. It is that simple.

    “Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?”
    Light ends darkness for it exposes evil. When two people are in a relationship and one is saved and the other not, they are going to be constantly at odds with each other, their goals will be different and this will not be a harmonious or profitable experience! There will be turmoil and unrest for they will be in opposition to each other the majority of the time.

    As God’s children we are instructed numerous times throughout His Word to live our lives for Christ, and by doing so to stay away from the sinful practices of this world. In Ephesians 5:11 we are even told to expose the evil that we encounter:
    Ephesians 5:11
    Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
    Romans 12: 1-2 tells us to live our lives as a living sacrifice to God and to not conform to the patterns of this world. And if you go just a few verses further down from our verse for today, in vs. 17 of 2 Corinthians 6 it says, “Therefore, come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”

    God wants our lives to be centered on Him and they simply cannot be if we are partnering with the unsaved. This does not mean that we are to have nothing at all to do with the unsaved for Jesus told us to go into the world and preach the gospel (Mark 6:15). But we are never to enter into close relationship with unbelievers. To do so is being unequally yoked together and no matter how well we think it will turn out, God says “no” to it so we know to stay clear of that situation.

    Father God, thank You for sending Jesus to die for my sins on the cross at Calvary. Thank You for Your indwelling Holy Spirit that leads and guides me through this life. I know that I fail You many times, but help me to be a worthy witness for You to all the unsaved I know each day Abba, for I love You so and desire my life to show that. I give You all honor, glory and praise this day, Amen!

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