God Is A Matchmaker

Posted By on Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Quote from the book, "God Is a Matchmaker."

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do
righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? (2 Corinthians 6:14–15)

Paul is not telling us to be cold or hostile toward our non-Christian neighbors. He is simply warning us that we cannot afford to establish with unbelievers the close relationships that are appropriate with believers. Obviously, he has in mind various kinds of relationships. But the first word he uses—yoke—is used regularly for the marriage relationship. First and foremost, Paul is warning that it is always wrong for a Christian to marry a non-Christian.

I cannot say this too emphatically to every unmarried Christian who reads these pages: You are not free to marry a non-Christian. You are not even free to entertain the thought. Make up your mind from this moment on, if you have not already done so, that marriage with an unbeliever is outside of God’s plan for your life.

The best protection against wrong relationships is right relationships. Be diligent, then, to cultivate fellowship and friendship with fellow believers. In most cases, marriage develops out of existing relationships. If you have built strong relationships with other Christians, you are not likely even to contemplate marriage with a non-Christian.

Your safest course is to decide right now about the kinds of relationships you are going to cultivate. Then affirm your decision to the Lord in the words of the psalmist: “I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts” (Psalm