Accountable to God: Day 2

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18

Today’s verses won’t be confused as being politically correct. Paul, the writer of 2 Corinthians, tells his readers to not be yoked with unbelievers. This means that there doesn’t need to be partnerships that take place between the “people of light” and the “people of darkness.” Now, know this: We all were a part of the world of darkness at one time, and God gave His only Son for those who are a part of the world of darkness. That being said, those who are without Christ have a different and often competing set of values. We are to love them, but we should be different and separate from them. Our values and ways of think should reflect the fact that we are “children of the light.” Then these right values lead to right stewardship, while wrong values lead to poor stewardship.
Application:
As “children of the light” there should be difference between light and darkness. Are you in a situation where you are “unequally yoked” to someone who has “darkness” values? Are there values influencing yours?

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6 thoughts on “Accountable to God: Day 2

  1. Laura

    I am blessed to be around Christians most of the time. Unfortunately, I am not equally yoked with my Mom and Dad and my immediate family. This is difficult because, of coarse, you can’t discard your family. My folks are here now atleast until May, so they have lots of opportunities to be around Christians. They have been coming to church every week and have the same opportunity for salvation that any one else has. I haven’t seen it happen but we will continue to pray for them and be grateful that they are coming to church and hearing God’s Word. I think all you guys that go to school are really surrounded by this more than any body I know. This must be such a daily battle. It takes guts to stand up and be who you are in school. Just keep in mind that you will be persecuted for what you believe. I think when you see this happen it is a good indication that you are doing the right thing and people know that you are a child of God. We can’t hide from the world because if we did then being in the family of God would be too exclusive and God wants all to come to know Him. So although we need to be in the world we don’t have to be of the world. Not easy. It is really easy to want to fit in with friends etc. Don’t think that as a christian you are immune to falling prey to the world’s “values”. It is easier than you think.

  2. Blake via

    As Christians we should not be going back in forth with the light and the dark we need to be seriouse about this because we don’t want it to be a every day thing where right now I’m gonna sin and till I feel bad then I will start doing the right thing but then I feel like going back to sinning we can’t let it get to that so we need to take this seriously.

  3. Megan

    I like the visual picture of being “unequally yoked”. The yoked speaks of a cattle yoke and once there are two cattle in the yoke they must agree where they are going because they can’t go in seperate directions. They are attached to one another.
    There have been several times in my life that I have yoked myself with darkness through dating relationships and also through some friendships. Neither of these ever had very good outcomes. I thought I could be the strong one to guide the other person to the light but darkness is so strong and as a Christian we still sin and fail and when that happens we can get drug along a path we don’t intend to go on.
    With all that being said it was much better for me to put other believers around me to help lift me up when I fail and to shine the light to the darkness with help from others. My life makes more sense now than it ever has because I have yoked myself with an amazing godly husband and some great godly friends who are all headed toward the things that are right and of the Lord.

  4. Alexis

    Right now, I’m not “unequally yoked” with an unbeliever. Since I’m home-schooled, most of the people I associate with are Christians. Although some friendships I’ve had, I would consider being unequally yoked. Let me tell you, it’s SO much easier for someone who has “darkness” values to influence a believer. I don’t know why, but it is. I used to think it wasn’t that bad, because I’m a Christian and I can just influence them for good. But that doesn’t always happen, and it’s easier for someone else to influence me in a bad way. But like Ben said, this doesn’t mean we, as Christians, shouldn’t be around unbelievers. I really don’t know how to explain it well, but I think there should be a difference between our relationships with people who share our values and people who don’t.

  5. I’ve made many mistakes when it has come to giving into the darkness of this world. I’ve had influence from several friends, I didn’t always give into it, but their influence is enough to know that it was a bad one. It’s crazy how even some believers you surround yourself can be in the darkness with the world. It’s an easy thing to get trapped into, because no one wants to feel like an “outsider”, but the thing about being a Christian, is that we are outisiders to this world. We’ve been saved by the light of Jesus, and should be so thankful for it! I’ve had so many people look down on me or think I’m a freak for being a Christian, and it really used to bother me. I’ve come to realize though, that I’m extremely lucky, and I’m ok with being apart from the darkness of this world, and I’m also thankful that I have a chance to be more like Jesus and pass some of the light onto this dark world. Instead of conforming to this world, we ought to conform the world to Jesus.

  6. ok my last comment didn’t post so here goes again!
    what i think this passage of scripture is saying is that since we are “children of light” we should be a light to this world.its pretty tough.not everyone out there believes in him.when you try to tell those people they may have some pretty negative feedback.even if that happens,we still need to keep trying though.but it is hard.it would be so cool to ahve a change in this world.if you want that to happen,you need to be the start.please tell me if i missed anything! i feel like imma missing something. thank you! :>) love you guys sosososososo very much and seeu guys tmrw!!! :> <3333333333

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