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Friends Make or Break You

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What are you supposed to do when you are surrounded with “darkness” and “lawlessness”?

“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14, NKJV).

Glance too quickly at 2 Corinthians 6:14, and you might get the impression that Christians ought to avoid anyone who doesn’t believe in Jesus Christ. If Jesus Christ is creating righteousness in your life, “what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness?” If His light is shining in you, “what communion has light with darkness?”

You are going to encounter plenty of “darkness” and “lawlessness” on deployment. It would be naïve to deny those realities. But God actually places you in such circumstances to represent Him and have a redemptive influence on those around you.

Here’s where Paul is really going with this thought. You need to seek out fellow believers when you build foundational relationships in your life. A yoke held two animals closely together so they could perform a common task. It’s that level of closeness Paul is addressing.

Seek out those who share your commitment to Christ, and you will discover mutual encouragement and support for spiritual growth and fulfilled living. Then you’ll be able to pierce the darkness with Christ’s light, and point others to His righteousness.

The content of this article comes from “The Warrior’s Bible” (2014) and is copyrighted by Life Publishers International. Used with permission.

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