Antique yokes were often made of leather or wood.
Placing the animals in the yoke ensured that both of them would travel the same path – in the same direction in order to carry the load to the destination.
The Bible uses this illustration to speak about marriage.
“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?” 2 Corinthians 6:15
Being equally yoked means being like-minded in spiritual values, desiring to accomplish the same goals in life but not necessarily in agreement with every single issue. Differences in a marriage are inevitable. The Bible challenges us to consider the question: Why add more problems before you even begin? By trying our best to avoid obvious differences from the start we are making our relationships easier.
When two travel in a yoke, they need to travel in unity in the same direction, on the same path.
So, what paths need to be considered at the point of being engaged?
Beliefs concerning God, Children, Ethics, Morals, etc..
It may seem like a lot when you are in love but relationships are a lot of work.
Why start out the “Happily Ever After” on a bumpy road from the start?
When we were married, a dear friend gave us a gift. It was a nose ring for a bull. The joke being “My husband now had a bull’s ring in his nose and I would be leading him around the rest of his life.” We still have that ring and we still are traveling in the same yolk.
What discussions took place in your relationship while courting?
For us, we both agreed to read a series of books. Even though the information was not new to us, it did help us to communicate on some issues that did not come so easy for me.
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