Not only are we to refrain from being unequally yoked, but we are instructed to widen the gap by separating ourselves from the unbeliever.When we are yoked with an unbeliever, both parties are likely to be pulling in separate directions.These commandments under the Law of Moses were more than practical instruction for everyday life.They were intended to teach principles that could be applied to our life as disciples of Christ.The idea of separating and setting boundaries, even among plants and animals ("each after its kind"), expresses the idea that there is a certain way God's world should work, that there are certain boundaries and limits within which creation can exist (see God and Boundaries).Theologically, this was understood to mean that some things should not be mixed in order to preserve the proper working of God's world (even reflected in later Jewish restrictions concerning hybrid animals like mules).
And in that pause, a million unspoken words were said, all staged in front of a hundred probing eyes eating their fancy dinners.
Or what fellowship is there between light and darkness? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will live in them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, 18 and I will be your father, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." The background of this verse comes from an Old Testament instruction in Deuteronomy: You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together.
A prime factor in the failure of marriages in our culture is the lack of spiritual relationship between a husband and wife.
The Word of God says, "We love because he [Jesus] first loved us." [1 John ] In other words, a married couple's "real" capacity to love one another, with a true and deep love comes only after they each have personally experienced the love of God through Jesus, which comes with our salvation.