His name was Paul, and a few years later, he and Kim were married.
Kim recognizes now that the temporary heartache she went through was nothing compared to the lifetime of regret she avoided by being obedient to God.
Joseph was handsome, adventurous, engaging, and intelligent. As the relationship became more and more serious, Kim was faced with the most difficult decision of her life.
Should she ignore the Holy Spirit’s nudging to break off her relationship with Joseph?
“Once married,” she notes, “the differences in beliefs are no longer simple date discussions, but rather full-out spiritual warfare, where the children are often dragged through the middle of it. These men are extremely frustrated as they must rely on non-Christian wives to raise their children.” Sadly, many of these individuals thought they were marrying an “average Joe.” They never imagined that the consequences of being unequally yoked could be so severe.
I have had letters about husbands who have purposefully destroyed their wife’s Bibles, forbidden them from going to church, and many, many times, abused their wives and/or children physically and emotionally. That’s why it’s important to understand God’s commands in this regard marriage.
But the verse in 2 Corinthians doesn’t say, “Do not be unequally yoked …
unless you think the person will change.” It says, “ be yoked together with unbelievers” (emphasis added).
If you are a follower of Christ, you are a chosen child of God.
He doesn’t want you to settle for less than His very best.
Or should she obey and break her own heart in the process? She broke up with Joseph and left for college in tears. But she knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that she’d done the right thing.
This is a fairly common scenario—A Christian dates a non-Christian. The Christian must make a choice: go through the pain of a breakup, or be “unequally yoked” with an unbeliever.
Even so, a Christian can save himself a lot of heartache and grief by seeking God’s will early into a dating relationship.