May 19 “Do not be unequally yoked” & LINKUP

We’re commanded to not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. Nowhere is that truer than in our choice of a spouse.

unequally yoked

Today’s Readings:
2 Samuel 9 & 10
Psalm 65.1-8
Proverbs 16.20-21
John 6.1-21

2 Samuel 9 & 10:

Don’t be unequally yoked

Chapters 9 & 10 give us a glimpse of David’s heart—first as he showed kindness to Mephibosheth as a way of honoring his covenant with Jonathan and in chapter 10 as he sent representatives to comfort Hanun at the time of his father’s death.

Sadly, David’s gesture toward Hanun was not only rejected, but met with ridicule by Hanun when he shamed and humiliated David’s ambassadors. Should we be surprised when our gestures of peace and kindness are met with rejection? Those in the world often find it hard to believe we don’t have ulterior motives, because of what’s in their own hearts.

But this is also a reminder that we can’t “make friends” with the world. “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6.14).

We are to love them biblically, pray for them, and share God’s truth, but not be “yoked together” with them. This means dating, marriage, partnerships, and other close associations, especially those that require agreement on decisions, seeking advice, etc.

Nowhere is this truer than in our choice of a spouse. Paul said if you’re single you’re free to marry but only “in the Lord” (1 Cor. 7.39).

However, if you’re already married to an unbeliever, you’re not to divorce him or her. You’re to live for Christ and allow your godly behavior to be all the more evident (1 Cor. 7.12-14; 1 Pet. 3.1-2).

Psalm 65.1-8:

Hallowed be His name

This song of praise honors God both for spiritual and natural blessings. It’s a great reminder that our prayers should not just be those of supplication, but of praise and worship for His goodness. When the Lord was asked by the disciples, “Teach us to pray …,” He began by saying, “When you pray, say. ‘Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name …'” (Lk. 11). Jesus reminds us to start with worship.

Proverbs 16.20-21:

The source of true happiness

Verse 20, “He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.” True happiness comes from applying God’s wisdom to the affairs of life and trusting in Him.

John 6.1-21:

Why do you follow Jesus?

Verse 2, “Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased.” They didn’t follow Him because they saw their need for spiritual change, but for what He could do for them. Sadly, that hasn’t changed.

God does bless those who love Him, but that should never be our primary motive for serving Him. We are to live our lives to please God out of our desire to bring glory and honor to His name, not with a give-to-get attitude.

What about you? Questions to ponder or journal:

Why do you follow Christ? Is it for what He can do for you or out of genuine love and appreciation for His grace?


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8 thoughts on “May 19 “Do not be unequally yoked” & LINKUP

  1. I love to read teachings on the story of David. His story teaches us about repentence and obedience, and more, but also, how and why we can and should be Christ-followers. So much to learn in his saga; it’s a good example of the continuous teaching of God’s word. Thank you for hosting!

    • I love David story, too! A flawed God-lover like me! Thanks for stopping by, Donna

    • I’m glad to hear you’re going to share it with you children. Oh … that young people could understand before they end up in a marriage that may be challenging for many years to come. Thanks for commenting, Donna

  2. hi, i’m your neighbor at fellowship friday. it is certainly true that we need to not be unequally yoked with unbelievers, especially in marriage.

    i found your final question interesting. honestly, i can’t say my motives are pure. do i love GOD b/c of what he gives me or for genuine love and appreciation for His grace? my answer is “yes”.
    i do love Him, imperfectly, yes, but i do. and i am so thankful for His unbelievable grace!

    • Thanks for visiting, neighbor. I don’t believe any of us will ever have 100% pure motives, but we can keep seeking His grace to continue getting us closer to the mark. Donna

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