The courts are full of lawsuits between business partners over breach of contract and other issues that could’ve been avoided at the beginning if Christians would’ve heeded this advice from the beginning, “don’t be bound with unbelievers.” Whether in business or relationships, that principle rings true. When you are in a partnership with an unbeliever, it is like combining light with darkness. Avoid this at all costs.
“Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?”
To be bound with someone is akin to two people being tied together by a rope. You’re stuck and can’t get out. When you enter into a contract with an unbeliever, you ask for all kinds of problems because you don’t have the same value system. I’ve seen wives in tears as a husband they love defiantly opposes Biblical values, and I’ve seen wealthy people in business lose much of their wealth in legal battles trying to get out of a business partnership. Avoid this at all costs.
You are the light of the world. Wherever you go, you bring the light of Jesus Christ into that situation. Darkness hates the light because it exposes what is being hidden. It can be revealed that a business person has been cutting corners and doing things illegally. A marriage partner can be convicted of their habits that are causing damage to the relationship. Both will do whatever is necessary to protect those actions.
Avoid This at All Costs
What do you do if you are in one of these relationships? Start with prayer. Ask God to do a work in your partner’s life so that they will come to faith in Jesus Christ. If you are married and your spouse desires to stay with you, then remain in the marriage. If it is a business partnership, then start to look for ways to legally separate. You will save yourself a lot of heartache down the road. Most of all, avoid this at all costs in the beginning before you join together.