Children of Light [2 Corinthians 6 TNIV]

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial ? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: 'I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.' Therefore, 'Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.' And, 'I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.' Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

Something radical happens on the inside when a person accepts Christ. The Spirit of God takes up residence in that person's heart and changes him from the inside out. But there is still a pull on the Christian to fit into the world through the fallen flesh. Paul understood this and warned the Corinthian Christians to resist the temptation to continue to make close associations with unbelievers. May you recognize and release by God's grace the dark things and associations in your life and walk increasingly as children of light.
Beth Warlick, 10/23/2008