It may even be the only guidance you received concerning how to pick a mate!
This qualifier for Christian relationships comes from 2 Corinthians 6: For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? This was a big deal in Corinth at the time. Equaly yoked no longer participate in our old, sinful lifestyles.
With this in mind, we should be kind and friendly to unbelievers, but should not make them our confidants, counselors or spouses.
In relationships, this equal partnership looks something like having the following three things in common.
Marriage, and the dating relationship leading to it, should consist of two people pulling together in unison. Marriage is about teamwork.
This foundation is their faith. Our spiritual identity is something we accept when we embrace what Christ did for us.
This identity is holy, pure, godly, faithful and loving. It reflects the character of the God who saves us! A couple who shares this identity will pour those virtues into their marriage, pulling together as the unified team God Equaly yoked them to be.
From the foundation of their spiritual identity, an equally yoked couple has a mutual vision.