THE FRUIT OF SEPARATION
The failure to separate from sin and unbelief invokes God’s anger and wrath. When Jehoshaphat aligned himself with the ungodly Ahab, God sent Jehu the son of Hanani to warn him – “Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD” (2 Chron 19:2). Jehoshaphat’s trysts with Ahab resulted in his son Jehoram marrying Ahab’s daughter Athaliah. This is the same Athaliah who sought to exterminate the royal seed of David after the death of her son Ahaziah (2 Kings 11:1). Such is the tragedy of compromise. Compromise never pays.
On the other hand, there is great reward for those who practise biblical separation. Two such rewards are highlighted below:
1. The Blessing of Fellowship – “I will receive you” (2 Cor 6:17). The picture of the word “receive” is of a welcome being extended to a friend or guest. Here, it refers to God welcoming us into a gracious fellowship with Him.
2. The Blessing of Sonship – “And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” (2 Cor 6:18). When we obey the command of separation in faith, we get to experience the fullness of our relationship with our Heavenly Father. He knows our needs and will take care of us. Just like Daniel and his three friends who were blessed by God as they refused to be defiled with the king’s meat (Dan 1), so too will the experience be for the saint who is committed to remain undefiled for the Lord’s sake.
“The doctrine of separation is a doctrine of preservation. Like white blood cells in our body that seek and destroy any invading virus or bacterium, separation keeps the Church pure and free from false teachers and heresies” (Tow and Khoo). Let us therefore keep ourselves pure for the Lord. There is great spiritual reward for them who do so.
THOUGHT: Compromise never pays.
PRAYER: Father, help me to walk in Thy way.