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2 Corinthians 6:17-18


Therefore, come out from among unbelievers,
 And separate yourselves from them, says the Lord.
Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.
And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters,
 Says the Lord Almighty.”


Those of you that have read my devotions, know that I have a huge respect and admiration for Paul.  He always spoke the truth, regardless if it was popular with the crowd.  That is one of the reasons Paul spent so much time in jail.  He simply could not keep his mouth shut about the truth and Jesus Christ.  If we could only go down in history having the same thing said about us!  This so-called second letter to the church at Corinth is actually the fourth letter that Paul writes to the Corinthians.  This letter is deeply personal and is written to the church that Paul planted on his first visit.  Paul has become extremely aware of the serious problems that are fermenting in this assembly at Corinth.  Worldliness, internal wranglings, and doctrinal deviations continue to get worse, despite Paul's efforts in his first epistle.  These negative, ungodly forces,  result in many false charges being levied against Paul and his ministry.  In our Scripture lesson for today, Paul pleads with the Corinthians to please separate themselves from these unbelievers and deceivers.  Paul goes so far as to say that they must not even touch their things.  If you are reading this for the first time, you may think Paul is being harsh and judgmental.  Believe me when I tell you, he is not.  When I was on the motivational speaking circuit, I came up with a list of 21 truths of life.  Today, I am going to share #14 with you.  Here it comes, so be ready!  "You are what you think about most of the time."  Just let that sit for a minute.  Let there be some silence. If you fill your life with positive, Godly influences, you become closer to God and more positive.  If you do it daily, you get better daily.  If you surround yourself with negative, ungodly people and things, you will become more negative and ungodly every day.  This is why your family of God is so important.  The people you associate with and the things you do, are so crucial.   That's what Paul was trying to tell these deceived Corinthians.  Like everything Paul said, it tells the truth and finishes with some great news!  If we will flee from these unbelievers, God will be our Father and we will be His children.  Paul is clear.  Don't play in their sandbox!!  Steer clear of darkness and evil.   It will consume you.  God will not welcome you.  Like Paul, I am telling you the truth.  Don't misunderstand.  We are to go into all the world and tell the story of Jesus.  We will find much darkness in our journeys.  God expects this, which is why He equips us with the Scripture and His full suit of armor.  Paul is not telling the Corinthian believers to stop evangelizing.  Paul is telling the Corinthians to tell the story and move on, embracing those who accept Christ and rejecting those that don't.  Don't hang out with people who refuse Jesus. The Corinthians did and it corrupted their church.  What a tragedy.  Examine your life, your family of God, and yes, even your church.  Listen to Paul's words and heed them carefully.  If necessary in your life, "come out from the unbelievers."  God is waiting to be your Dad.  Run into His arms and enjoy His agape love that heals all those wounds.  It didn't work for the Corinthians because they didn't listen.  Let's be smarter!