Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
March 18 Scripture Selection: Judges 16-18
Food for Thought: Judg. 16:15-21
The story of Samson and Delilah is an excellent illustration of what can happen when people become unequally yoked. Doing so, though at the time may be exhilarating and very exciting, is a very unhealthy, ungodly relationship that cannot end well. Unfortunately, believers who enter such relationships turn a blind eye to the selfish and harmful acts of the ungodly partner and stubbornly stay, even despite the warnings and counsel of those who love them. Sadly, their heart and flesh take precedence over godly wisdom from the Word at a very painful cost.
The Lord loves us and never wants to see us get hurt. That is why we are specifically admonished in His Word not to be unequally yoked. Second Corinthians 6:14-18 explains, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.’ Therefore ‘Come out from among them and be separate,’ says the Lord. ‘Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,’ says the Lord Almighty.”
Unlike the believers, the unbelievers do not have the mind of Christ (I Cor. 2:16) nor the Spirit of God within them (John 14:17). Therefore, they cannot be led by the Spirit, only their flesh, and their priorities and values can never be the same as those of a devoted believer, regardless of how “nice” they may seem. No matter what one’s motive for being with the unbeliever might be (attraction, desperation and fear of being alone, rebellion, or even the thought that the unbeliever can change with the “right person”), the relationship does not have the Lord’s blessing on it, and hard times are ahead. It’s much better to wait for the Lord to change the unbeliever first and give him or her a new nature before becoming yoked up to him/her. God put this command in His Word for a reason, and those who trust Him and His ways avoid a lot of heartache and personal tolls on their lives.
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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