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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wisdom

The Wednesday morning group is studying 2 Corinthians.  This morning we were at the end of chapter 6.  We were working through 6:14 – 7:1 (it is a bad chapter division – but that is for another time).  If you take a minute to read the passage you will see it deals with being bound together with unbelievers, unequally yoked with unbelievers, or yoked together with unbelievers depending on which translation you use.  Regardless there is direction there that is not a suggestion, but a command.
When the Word challenges us we have to take stock and decide if we are going to submit to the Word or follow the world.
In the discussion this AM all readily agreed that this applied to marriage.  But then there was a discussion on how exactly this impacts our relationship with those who do not trust Christ.  One of the men pointed out that 1 Corinthians 5:9 – 13 tells us that we are to stay in the world and engage with unbelievers.  We tentatively decided that we are to not get into contractual relationships with non-believers when we have a choice.

At the end of the study one of the men said, “I have to think this through.”  The implication was that he had not before engaged with this passage at the level we did this morning.  He sat there deep in thought and repeated himself, then said, “I really need some time to process this.”

His response was dead on.  When we encounter something in Scripture that challenges the way we currently view our life or our world, his response should be ours.  We have to take our confusion or reaction to the Lord and ask Him how to respond.  That is one of the essences of following Christ, submitting our will, our world view, to His Lordship.

It is wise.

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