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Joseph-Daniel Blog Summary for “Unequally Yoked:” Scripture notes that those who rule their own spirits are mightier than those capable of taking a city. It’s a mark of leadership. In their role as standard-bearers, one of the strategies that Jesus clearly described to His band of followers was that they would be in the world, but not of the world. Operating as a distinct culture within the surrounding cultures. Of being sufficiently steadfast of mind and spirit to be the influencers rather than the influenced. Paul later wrote the Corinthians advising caution with being unequally yoked with unbelievers. Yet the subsequent response of the short-sighted, has been to overreact and leave the worldly settings altogether. What Paul was advising the Corinthians was not the suggestion of a carte-blanche separation from the world, but rather resisting the influences …. of being unequally yoked …. that would drag them into thinking like the world. Living beyond this influence is the mark of spiritual maturity. Spiritual maturity goes hand in hand with being the influencers rather than the influenced. So it was, that in keeping with Jesus’ warnings to His inner circle that: “Brother would deliver brother up to death, a father his son and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.” Jesus was giving an alert to what would be faced of being in the world, but not of it. Likewise, Paul was admonishing the Corinthians to be wary of who, even among the most intimate of relationships, in this case one’s spouse, that they allowed themselves to be soulishly influenced by. To read the entire “Unequally Yoked” post, please sign up for the Joseph-Daniel blog at this link: http://strategic-initiatives.org/membership-blogs/