Text: 2 Corinthians 7:1
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18
God is pure and holy. He detests blemish and therefore will not allow any such near Him. He loves man and will love to be in constant fellowship with every man. Unfortunately, His holy state is in direct opposition to man’s incessant filth. As a balancing act, He came and died for man to be cleansed of his filth. But only those that take advantage of His sacrifice are so cleansed and allowed access unto Him. Not only access, they equally become His sons (and daughters) as He becomes their father. Yet, such affinity is further hampered by the filth of associates. God expects His sons to be like Him. If He cannot withstand filth, His sons too should detest same. Hence, it is not permissible for a son of God to mingle with children of the world, children of the world being a connotation for sinners. A clean son cannot be in relationship with a filthy person for there is no relationship between light and darkness. The point is, if we must remain sons of the Holy God, then we must abstain from sin and sinners. Like our father, the only relationship we are permitted to have with sinners is to preach the good news to them to enable them come out of darkness. There is a great promise for every man that cares: if only you can refuse to be unequally yoked with unbelievers, God promises to make you His son and He will be your father. What a rare privilege to have the Most High God as one’s father. A promise so irresistible to a discerning mind. Hinge on it and flee from every unholy alliance.
Father, I know you love me and will want to retain our relationship. Help me to cut off every unholy alliance preventing me from enjoying your fatherly love fully in Jesus’ name