~Equallyoked~

Copyright V. Gilbert and Arlisle F. Beers

For the last 2 decades of my life, I have contemplated the meaning of 2 Corinthians 6:14, and have discovered in my latter years how far-reaching this passage is concerning Christ-centered love. There are so many ways to be unequally yoked, as the Word of God clearly outlines , often times resulting in more discord with a fellow believer than would be expected. Did you know that you can be “unequally yoked” with a another Christian? 2 Corinthians 6:14-16 runs deeper than the obvious not pairing your heart with an unbeliever in Christ; a Christian couple can have subtle differences that may seem on the surface as a hairline crack that in time reveals a hidden canyon underneath! Issues in temperaments, financial perspectives, education, communication styles, and parenting (to name a few) can truly wreck the foundation of a Christian relationship or courtship.

However, the most paramount of all is being unequally yoked in where each follower’s relationship stands with Christ. What do I mean by this? Suffice it to say, each believer’s journey with Christ is unique and is what makes Jesus such a personal Savior who can meet us where we’re at and develop/strengthen our relationship with him accordingly. Nonetheless, there are certain foundational elements in our beliefs in who God-Jesus-Holy Spirit is and His Word that should unify all Christians (1 Corinthians 12:12). If the building blocks of faith, salvation, and worship of Our Creator is in discord, how can a couple/friendship/business partnership/family fortify each other’s growth in The Lord ? What are the things that can’t be compromised on, and what can be?

It’s already challenging enough to nourish kinships of love in this world without the difficulty of also finding compatibility with another believer on topics we should be at peace with. However, I thank Our Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) for exemplifying love and elements of companionship in His relationship with us. With His Word as an infallible guide, we can endeavor to understand and appreciate the dynamics of our own courtships & relationships. As a result, we can furnish our hope in materializing an earthly companionship centered in Christ and satisfying in everlasting love.

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6 thoughts on “~Equallyoked~

  1. Love this post. So often we want to simplify things and say, “Well, they’re a Christian and I’m a Christian so I can marry them.” Marriage is hard enough when you are equally yoked. But God in His infinite Grace and Mercy has a way of bringing into line any marriage that turns to Him. He wants us to be happy, but He wants that happiness to be founded in Him, not stuff. Great post.

    • Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting! In my own experience, I started realizing that it truly is NOT as simple as just pairing up with another Christian and then assume that magically a sound relationship ensues forever. You have to look at the “fruit” of their lifestyle, the “fruit” of their mentality and heart to see if the other person is truly walking in the Light of Christ. Sometimes, it seems as if it is even harder to make courtship/marriage decisions with a Christian than an unbeliever, since it is more obvious why you cannot bond with an unbeliever. Therefore, I took to exploring this journey online on issues we in the Christian family should look at and improve upon to create satisfying Christ-centered relationships. I’m glad that you enjoyed my post & look forward to more of your insights!

  2. The N.I.V bible says……Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.

    The K.J.V says…………Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers

    I believe the N.I.V version is milked down, changed. The N.I.V is telling us not to mix with unbelievers whatsoever, have nothing to do with them.

    The K.J.V tells us not to have to many unbelievers or to mix more with believers. I believe the K.J.V to be accurate. To many verses are changed and missing from the N.I.V.

  3. Blessings Lee & thanks for your support & comment on my blog! You are precisely correct in regards to how the alteration of God’s Holy Word, especially the slight-of-hand kinds, can complete uproot the foundation of context, as well as taint the truth of God. I find that even the proper placement of a comma for wherever the emphasis is meant to be, changes context! But of course, for people to know the danger of this, you would have to become familiar with Bible composition history. What is the root of KJV, vs. others such as the NIV, Catholic Bible, NLV, Duoay, NASB, etc.? When that is studied, it is eye-opening & life changing. Rev. 22:18-19

    That “unequally” was meant to be there as you pointed out! And all one has to do is think what did (not would) Jesus do? Did he not meet with unbelievers & those the pious would marginalize? There are times when Jesus approached them, and times when they sought him…so, we must be accessible in ministry to them as God has been patient in allow as many as possible to be saved (2 Peter 3:9), but not part-takers or intimately bound to them (Rev 18:4, 2 Corinth 6:17)

    Great comment & I hope to delve into this topic more in a future post. I look forward to yours as well. God Bless!!

  4. Sorry for the late reply, have for some reason only noticed this comment, I am still getting used to this 🙂

    Don’t get me wrong, I do still use other translations, but I first check them against the KJV to see if they are both the same. God does speak through them all but many are watered down versions.

    Good to hear from you again 🙂

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