devotional post # 2179
2 Corinthians 6:14-16
2Co 6:14 Do not be mismated with unbelievers, because what partnership does righteousness have with lawlessness, or what fellowship does light have with darkness,
2Co 6:15 or what harmony does Christ have with the Devil, or what share does a believer have with an unbeliever,
2Co 6:16 or what agreement does the temple have with idols? Because We are the temple of the living God, just as God said “I will live with them and I will walk among them, and I will be their God and they will be my people.”
only one covenant
Some believers in Corinth had apparently formed business relationships with unbelievers, and that had led to all kinds of potentially compromising situations. Corinth was idolatrous in its cultural core. Business agreements with non-Christians would introduce conflict because the Christians had to purge themselves of that idolatry, not compromise with it.
Many today only apply this text to mixed marriages, and it certainly does apply to that kind of agreement — where a believer marries a nonbeliever. It applies in any situation where one’s loyalty to God is strained by competing loyalty. God has decided to live among us, so we cannot make covenants with unbelievers that would force us to compromise our commitment to him.
LORD, give us the wisdom to restrain from compromising covenants.