This post is Day 2 in a series of studies about “Separation”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Separation – Day 2
If our first thought is to obey the first commandment, it can be very difficult to be joined successfully and permanently with someone else who does not have the same priority. If your priority is God and that of your partner is elsewhere, this can lead to friction.
2 Corinthians 6:14
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
St. Paul here is making a clear reference to the verse from yesterday. On reading it, many of us can think of friends or family who have stress in their relationships because one partner is a believer and the other isn’t. That can be for marriage or for business partnerships. As believers in Jesus, this verse should be influential in the choices we make.
Of course part of our Christian duty is to influence others. We are not called to separate into “Holy Bubbles” having no contact with the rest of the world. This verse begins with the expression “yoked together”. That suggests a contract of some sort, whether a marriage contract or business contract. We should not be legally joined to someone who does not pray to the only Lord Jesus.
Christians are called to influence the world, not be influenced by it. We must get involved in humanitarian projects as the Lord leads, but we must ask the Lord at every stage if this project is for us personally.
If our first thought is to obey the first commandment, it can be very difficult to be joined successfully and permanently with someone else who does not have the same priority. If your priority is God and your partner’s isn’t, this can lead to friction.
Praise God for the marriage and business partnerships you know in which both people put The Lord first in their lives. Pray for those who don’t.
Pray for the young people in your church to put the Lord first and to invite Him to help them make their choices in life. Whether that is partners in business, friendship, or marriage.
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