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Being Too Nice

2 Chronicles 20:31-37 :

Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah. He was thirty-five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. He walked in the way of Asa his father, and didn’t turn away from it, doing that which was right in Yahweh’s eyes. However the high places were not taken away, and the people had still not set their hearts on the God of their fathers. Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold, they are written in the history of Jehu the son of Hanani, which is included in the book of the kings of Israel. After this, Jehoshaphat king of Judah joined himself with Ahaziah king of Israel. The same did very wickedly. He joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish. They made the ships in Ezion Geber. Then Eliezer the son of Dodavahu of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, “Because you have joined yourself with Ahaziah, Yahweh has destroyed your works.” The ships were wrecked, so that they were not able to go to Tarshish.

It is possible to have a good heart, but make very bad alliances. Joining forces with evil people appears to have been Jehoshaphat's greatest weakness. We read earlier how he joined himself in battle with the wicked king Ahab, and almost lost his life. This time, he went into business with the wicked king Ahaziah by making ships that were intended to sail to Tarshish. God was not happy and destroyed them before they were able to go.

God loves us, and because He does, he will stop us from doing foolish things. We may love God, but we must separate from sinful people. Jehoshaphat went to God when he was threatened with war, but when he was not threatened, he tried to become friends with evil people. It is wrong to be nice to wicked people. It may seem like a good thing, but it isn't. Helping an evil person is helping that person to harm you and others. Thankfully, God saved Jehoshaphat, but these ended up being the embarrassing elements of his life.

God expects us to separate from the ways of evil. That means we can't make alliances with non-Christian people. Remember, there's a biblical word for this kind of separation. It's the word: "holiness." Here are some good verses to remember:

2 Corinthians 5:14-18 :

Don’t be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What agreement has Christ with Belial? Or what portion has a believer with an unbeliever? What agreement has a temple of God with idols? For you are a temple of the living God. Even as God said, “I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Therefore

“‘Come out from among them,
and be separate,’ says the Lord.
‘Touch no unclean thing.
I will receive you.

I will be to you a Father.
You will be to me sons and daughters,’

says the Lord Almighty.”

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