Don’t be unequally yoked with unbelievers
“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what fellowship does justice have with iniquity? And what fellowship does light have with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14
What does it mean to be yoked with someone?
When you are yoked with someone, you are united with them; When it comes to marriage, you are yoked to someone you are married to. However, it is not necessarily applicable to marriage, as you could join someone simply by being close friends with that person.
What does the dictionary give as meaning of yoke?
It is a wooden bar attached to two collars that is placed on the neck of animals, such as oxen, to hold them together, and to which a plow or other tool can be attached.
Another meaning of the yoke is when someone is being oppressed.
A person who is yoked to someone joins them.
In the parable of the prodigal son, the younger son, when he hit rock bottom, joined the citizens of the earth. I was cleaning pig pens.
What this tells us is that your lifestyle choices drove you to the bottom of life’s barrels. He would have gladly filled his stomach with what the pigs ate, but no one gave him anything. The lesson here is that you will only find out who your true friends are when you hit rock bottom, and the youngest son in this parable chose friends who were only looking for their money. They were false friends.
The people he joined were not compatible with the values his father taught him and he became like them.
You become more and more like the people you spend most of your time with.
What do justice and wickedness have in common, or what do light and darkness have in common?
If your parents have taught you the correct values, then you must be THE light in the dark.
A believer should not enter into relationships with an unbeliever; You can say, “I’ll change them.”
No you won’t, they will change you. When you form a relationship with someone, you inherit their network of friends and gradually you will conform to their lifestyle.
This means saying “No” to invitations to join others in doing things that you know you shouldn’t do.
Some people will not like you for that, but if they get mad, leave them, that’s their problem, not yours.