FRIENDLY FIRE AND FRIENDLY FOES IN THE BODY OF CHRIST
The phrase Friendly Foe or Friendly Fire is contradictory or is it?
Lets look at the definition of Friend and Foe
Friend-one attached to another by affection or esteem. b : acquaintance.
While your enemies may be known to you.. YOUR FRIENDLY FOES ARE NOT EASILY KNOWN because of the blurred lens in which we view them. OUR LENS are blurred by the frequency and familiarity of our interactions…
THE TYPES OF FRIENDLY FIRE
Generally I believe that Friendly Fire is of short duration and can be any of the three I named earlier: ideological,situational or relational in nature.
- Friend becomes foe opposing a winning/ great idea because they did not propose the idea or they realize the impact or influence the idea you proposed may have. However they use their position to oppose the idea. There is generally no malice intended;underlying hidden feelings of envy, jealousy or intimidation are the “ruling” spirits in this case.( By ruling spirits, I am simply speaking of those spirits that influence the outcome in this instance)
- Friend becomes foe opposing you or not supporting you by remaining silent or absent during a critical juncture situation meaning that they are more concerned about their future career or how they appear than the value of the friendship at that moment. Again no general malice intended…at that time, the Friend chooses the situation instead of the “friendship”… Fear,doubt, indecisiveness, disloyalty are the “ruling” spirits in this case.
- Friend become foe when because of a current or previous relationship or other facts, they dont remove limitations or boundaries blocking your path to a blessing because of previous/past history…. They are in position to assist you and CHOOSE NOT TOO..Again no general malice.. the lens is blurred, how they see is blurred because of the past so the relationship causes momentary antagonism in the moment of decision….selfishness,harshness,condescension, criticism are some of the “ruling” spirits in this case.
Psalm 41:9-Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
Psalm 41:9- (NIV)Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me.
Friendly Fire from Friendly Foes in the Body of Christ.. we should pray that whatever the situation, when we disagree, that we agree to disagree and that we never oppose a friend just because we can..or because we are envious or because we are concerned with appearances.…
Love Love Love even in opposition, let varying points of view and differences of opinion be done in LOVE, truth and kindness….
© Dr. Fay Maureen Butler, 2015, Huldahs House Ministries Inc,