2 Corinthians 6:11–7:1 (NKJV)

11 O Corinthians! We have spoken openly to you, our heart is wide open. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections. 13 Now in return for the same (I speak as to children), you also be open.
14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

“I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”

17 Therefore.

“Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”
18  “I will be a Father to you,
and you shall be My sons and daughters,
says the LORD Almighty.”

7 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

2 Corinthians 6:11 – 7:1

Paul jumps into a discussion of the need for separation from the sinful things of the world. He uses the example of a yoke of oxen which are not equal. When one ox pulls harder or faster than the other, they cannot pull straight, or else one will not be effective. With this in mind, Paul identifies several odd couples that somehow end up pulling in the same yoke and are wildly ineffective: righteousness and lawlessness, darkness and light, Christ and a demonic spirit, a believer with an unbeliever, the temple of God and idols. None are these pairs are congruent or well-matched. God says that He will walk among the people of faith and they will be His people. In order for that to happen, they must come out from among the sinful elements of the world and not touch unclean things. Separation from evil is necessary to have full fellowship and agreement with God. He is our Father and longs to lead us and provide for us, but He will not be in a relationship where evil rules. Therefore, Paul encourages the Corinthians to cleanse themselves from the filthy things of flesh and spirit, and to perfect holiness as they fear God.

Too often, Christians try to border the fence between good and evil, enjoying the grace of God but ignoring His holiness. When an individual accepts His grace and enters into relationship with God, it is a commitment, even a covenant, which is all-encompassing and complete. Do not dally with the temptations of the world. Do not allow evil to reside within you. Hate evil and love God, and live separate so that the fullness of His love and blessings will also reside within you. Separate is not lacking something if that something is bad for you. Separate is an opportunity to be filled with good and lack nothing that truly matters. Be ye separate!

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