Putting God's Word into Practice…

2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 ~ Pure

on October 24, 2012

Pure–sounds so refreshing!  Reminds us of mountain streams, or a day of sunshine, or the sweetness of seeing our child sleeping.  So why does purity in our lives and relationships sounds like bondage and boredom to us?

Paul wrote, “DO NOT BE UNEQUALLY YOKED WITH UNBELIEVERS,” not only as a direct command, but also as a gracious warning.  I have personally experienced and seen a hundred times over the devastating results of not adhering to this directive in dating and marriage, in business relationships and in close friendships.  When someone is a “believer” their body is the dwelling place of the Spirit of God.  Therefore, our spirit should naturally be at odds with one who does not have God living in them–an “unbeliever.”

Yoking is a common farming term.  It is when two animals have rope and wood placed around their necks in order to keep them working stronger and going in the same direction on a straight course.  They are in close proximity and working for the same end result.  Yoking two animals facing opposite directions will not work!  The end result is pain, discomfort and fruitless labor!

Paul went on to give five rhetorical questions to press the absurdness of a believer “yoking up” with an unbeliever.

  • What partnership does righteousness have with lawlessness?  They follow different codes of ethics.
  • What fellowship does light have with darkness?  They are impossible to keep separate. Although light illuminates darkness, darkness dims light.
  • What accord, or harmony, does Christ have with Belial?  The name for Satan mentioned here means “worthless,” “destroyer.”  Christ is the worthy Creator!  They can’t “make music” together!
  • What portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?  The things we have in common are limited.
  • What agreement does the temple of God have with idols?  It will be exhausting to attempt to worship the one and only God when the “partner” is worshiping lesser gods.

Spend a few minutes thinking about your closest relationships…ask God to give you direction on purifying your relationships.

2 Corinthians 7:1 says, “Since we have these promises {God dwells with the pure. He will be their God and they will be His people.  He welcomes them.  He will be a father to them. (6:16-18)}, dear friends, let us PURIFY OURSELVES from EVERYTHING that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting HOLINESS our of reverence for God!”

Our desire for holiness must override our misaligned relationships.  Our thirst for the presence of God in our lives, for Him to be our closest protector and provider, our hunger to experience His unconditional love, and a heart to receive His promises should cause us to want to purify our lives from EVERYTHING that makes our hearts unfit and unclean for their purpose; namely, housing our holy and perfect God.  He is worthy of nothing less!

Pure is refreshing!  Pure is freedom!  Pure is a fruitful life!

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