March 19 | 2 Corinthians 6:14-16a
“Don’t be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship does light have with darkness? And what agreement does Christ have with Belial, or what portion does a believer have with an unbeliever? So what agreement does God’s temple have with idols? For we are the temple of the living God” (2 Corinthians 6:14–16a)
We usually hear this Scripture when people talk about dating and marriage. But any partnerships and fellowship we make with people who don’t align with our Christian values put us in danger. You hope you influence others, but sometimes they influence you.
It doesn’t mean we can’t be friends with unbelievers. Friendship and partnership are very different. When you partner with someone, you are on the hook for anything they do. You locked into the same destiny as your partner.
When worlds collide, worldviews bump heads, and values clash, it’s too late to fix the problems lying under the surface. The Bible firmly recommends we don’t participate in partnerships and fellowship with those who don’t share our Christian values. Once you make a partnership, it’s hard to break.
You have nothing in common with unbelievers as far as partnership. Any kind of partnership applies here. It could be marriage, business, or any venture. Be very careful of whom you form your partnership with. Make sure they have the same Christian values you do. It will save you a world of pain later.
Action Step: Evaluate your partnerships and fellowship with unbelievers. How would your partner react if you had different values? What would be the results of a difference of opinion be between you?
Lord Jesus, help me have discernment when I choose partners. I want to make sure I don’t suffer later when things don’t work out. Protect me from being unequally yoked with someone else who drags me down.