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1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) 3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: 4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, 5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; 6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, 7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; 9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; 10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. 11 O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged. 12 Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels. 13 Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged. 14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

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1 Deena E = ""that the ministry be not blamed"Unfortunately, too often do negative encounters with Christians turn people away from seeking Christ. We (the church) really need to get it together."
2 Cary W = "This does not mean to avoid unbelievers, for if we do, how shall they hear the kind message of God.  Rather, we are to be careful to not be yoked with unbelievers in their erroneous deeds and conversation...to NOT take part in their fallen behavior, for evil communication corrupts good manners."
3 Cary W = "We must take great care with whom and what we involve ourselves with, for everything has its effect on us, for good or for evil.  If anyone reject our message, they also reject us and God, and it be best to move on and shake the dust of our feet.Keeping Godly conversation and company reflects our walk with our inner King; if we stray in heart, we also stray in our conversation and company."
4 Deena E = "Paul quotes Moses from Deuteronomy 7 addressing a people who lived in a city (Corinth) that was known for its sexual immorality. Prostitution was common among the priestesses who worshipped the Greek deity Aphrodite. As we read in Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, sexual immorality was a problem within the church. Paul aadmonishes them to come out of these [unclean] practices and disassociate with those who do such things."