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Walk in Freedom

Paul uses the imagery of a yoke in 2 Corinthians 6:14 to show us the hardship that we experience when we allow ourselves to identify too much with the world. Yokes were worn by animals to attach them to the heavy carts they were expected to pull. When we allow ourselves to be yoked, or attached, together with godless ideals, teachings or people, we often find ourselves in risky and precarious situations. That’s the purpose of a yoke: it’s an instrument of oppression. However, those who have put their faith in Christ have become brand new; there is only room for freedom, not yokes (2 Corinthians 5:17). At the moment of salvation, Jesus comes in to have a personal relationship with us (Revelation 3:20). If we give in to the enemy’s temptation and fall back into our old ways of thinking and living, we allow ourselves to slip right back into those old yokes of slavery (Galatians 5:1).

Since we have been shown such great mercy and grace, we no longer have anything in common with our “old self” (Romans 6:6, Ephesians 4:22). No matter how hard we try, there can be no harmony between who we are in Christ and who we used to be. And God desperately wants us to stop walking the line that divides the two. Our lives are God’s temple, and we are expected to maintain a clean house. There are no closets in God’s house dedicated to old habitual sins. His attic is not meant for past clutter.


  • Before you met Christ, how were you enslaved to worldly things?
  • Reflect on your life now. How are you different?
  • Where do you see yourself falling back into your old habits and ways of thinking? What can you do to prevent or correct this?

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