Not the same…
Welcome to another Try-It-Tuesday here on Be Very Well Fed! We will chew on Scripture, then chew on a delicious recipe!
First, the Scripture.
I love this graphic!
2 Corinthians 6:14 is our verse for today. Let me give you the entire verse: “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” Ouch!
The topic in this verse can cause a lot of difficult decisions. For those who believe in Jesus, the words here are clear in terms of choosing a spouse–no belief in God, no marriage vows. When we are in the early stages of dating, I’m not sure how often we think of “light” versus “darkness”. After all, all that “stuff” will resolve itself, right? We LOVE each other, we really, really, really, really, really love each other. That’s what’s important–we tell ourselves.
Let me show you another way of looking at this verse from Charles Spurgeon:
This graphic is courtesy of adaughterofvision.blogspot.com.
If your boyfriend or girlfriend does not share the love of God with you, then you cannot be with him/her. I know that hurts and is hard to hear. But I didn’t make this up–this way of thinking comes from God and His Word. As a follower of Christ, each word within His Word is to be followed. No picking and choosing.
This verse doesn’t just apply to marital relationships. Business partners, best friends–anytime the relationship is close, with lots of relying on each other–“unequally yoked” with unbelievers is a dangerous place for you as a Christian. Yes we love those who are not believers, and we live in such a way as to point them to Christ. We are their friends, their neighbors, their family members. But, we can’t willingly, knowingly, attach ourselves to someone who doesn’t believe in Jesus.
One more thing to think about:
Thanks to Broken Blessing for this graphic!
If you are blessed with a significant relationship in which both you and your spouse love the Lord, celebrate! I have been graced with that, and my husband and I both came fully to the Lord after we were married. If you are not in that situation, you as a believer need to pray. Pray for your spouse, pray for your relationship. Ask for forgiveness in this area, and pray that God will draw your spouse to Himself.
Keep this verse and the subsequent explanations of it in mind as you enter into any new relationships–remember, this can be applied to more than just a potential marriage. If you are distracted, as our graphic above states, take a hard look at how the relationship will honor God. If you don’t think it will, some tough decisions are in your future. Know that I am praying for you, my friend, as you sort through the implications of 2 Corinthians 6:14.
Wow, that was a seriously difficult post to write. Let’s lighten it up a bit by diving into a yummy recipe. Delicious Ham and Potato Soup from allrecipes.com is a fabulous, easy main dish–perfect for a winter day like today! Serve this with some crusty bread (toast up some slices of multi-grain) and a fresh green salad, and you will have a nutritious meal to serve to your family. Enjoy a bowl of this today!