In addition to defending himself, Paul also defends the Gospel in this letter. The Corinthians desired to mix Christian values with worldly values. They were not completely ready to make a clean break with all that the world offered. We have encountered a few instances already in 2 Corinthians of Paul’s call to holy or “set apart” living. We see another call to holiness in 6:14. Usually, this verse is applied to marriage. Certainly, this could be an application, but the context of this verse goes well beyond marriage. May God help us to strike that perfect balance of being in the world but not of the world.
Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com.