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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 does it mean to be yoked with someone? A quick Google search defines the term yoke as a device for ing together a pair of draft animals. So, when Paul advises us not to be yoked together with unbelievers, it means do not be ed with them. Dating and marriage is obviously the most common way to be ed with someone; other than physical intimacy, we also experience an emotional bond with the person we love.
But notice this verse does not specifically say, do not be yoked in marriage with unbelieversit simply says do not be yoked together with unbelievers. This means that marriage and dating Dating someone not unequally yoked not the only way to be ed with someone; we can also get in over our he with close friends, with co-workers, neighbors, even with unsaved family members. How many of us can name a friend—or two, or three—who are unbelievers? When I was in high school, nearly all of my friends were Christian, but as I got older my friends slowly drifted away from church.
One of them became an atheist, denouncing her former Christian beliefs altogether. But I remember one time as we were hanging out, another friend approached us and asked me a question. How does that work? My relationship with Jesus Christ is precious to me, it is the foundation of my faith and therefore the very reason for my existence.
Without Jesus I am nothing. Christ comes first. When I first began separating myself from this friend of mine, I prayed the scripture from II Corinthians Until then, I never realized how much less I talked about Jesus, His blessings in my life, or even church activities when I was with my friend. This happened years ago, but I still wonder how different things would have been if I had not let go of that friendship. Naturally, when she went away for college we simply drifted apart. I do not regret the distance between us at all.
How much time are you dedicating to this unsaved person? Are you teaching them Dating someone not unequally yoked the Lord? Are you inviting them to church? Would you really like to sacrifice time to them now? I have met many Christians who have great intentions when it comes to hanging out with unsaved people, or even dating unsaved people. We often tell ourselves that it is ok to maintain close relationships with these people because maybe dating an unsaved person will bring them to salvation.
Maybe I can lead them to Christ! This is a wonderful and sweet idea, but please keep in mind; it is just an idea. In fact, the Word of God says the exact opposite on this matter. Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character. I find it very interesting that this scripture says, do not be misled —it actually implies that there are some Believers who have been misinformed and are confused about what is right and what is wrong, but the next part of that verse clears things up by plainly stating: Bad company corrupts good character.
Meaning, get out of that relationship NOW. You might hope you can save your girlfriend or boyfriend. You might pray that your goodness as a Christian le them to Christ, but— according to the Word —that is not likely. What is likely is that instead YOU will be pulled away from the Cross and them in their corruption. I have unsaved friends and family, some of which I see every day. More than anything, there is a clear understanding that Christ comes first.
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