This warning Do not be yoked together with unbelievers is for our comfort and well-being. This warning is for before you commit! Yoked means to be legally tied to someone in business or in any other relationship, such as marriage. Paul has already dealt with the situation where this is already so – 1 Cor.7:12-14.
“For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.”
As Mr. Henry says, there is a great difference between this sorrow/grief of a godly sort and the sorrow of this world.
Sorrow falls upon us all, throughout our days, and can come heavy or heavier.
What have we to do with sorrow, with grief?
Peter knows well the antidote, when he exhorts us,
“… Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
And what of our King?
Isaiah foretells the experience of Jesus,
“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows;”
And what of our eternal hope?
We read of God in John’s revelation vision,
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
In our grief and sorrow, no matter the wound, we have an antidote! We have a Saviour and King who not only knows our wounds, but has borne them out fully! And we have a hope, sure and steady, that one day all sorrow and grief will be no more.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
* Father God,
O Lord, thank You. For our hope in You, in Your love for us, Your steadfast love and faithfulness.
That one day You will wipe every tear from our eyes.
O Lord, thank You.