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The Good Seed - Wednesday, August 30, 2017
by GBV Dillenburg GmbH

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
2 Corinthians 6:14

When the apostle Paul wrote these words to the Corinthians under the leading of the Holy Spirit, he was no doubt thinking of the Old Testament commandment in the law:
"You shall not plough with an ox and a donkey together" (Deuteronomy 22:10). He takes this illustration to show that we should not be associated ("yoked together") with anything that is foreign to our spiritual life. The two animals named have completely different natures.
When someone who belongs to the Lord Jesus undertakes affairs with an unbeliever by entering into a close relationship with him or by pursuing the same objectives with him, then he is "unlawfully yoked together". He will always be at a disadvantage, because he is the one who has something to lose: namely, fellowship with His Lord.
In such matters there is an important frontier regarding co-operating with the world. As we are still living in the world, we cannot avoid all contact with unbelievers. At school, in our profession, in everyday life we have to deal with and work with unbelievers. But as soon as there is an obligatory, reciprocal interrelation, the frontier has been crossed. Fellowship with the Lord suffers. If the world's principles have such an effort on us that we become dependent on them, the association is not according to God's will.
It may not be easy to act correctly in every case. But the Lord will not forsake those who sincerely turn to Him (Psalm 112:4;Proverbs 2:7).
Today's reading: Proverbs 16:1-16


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