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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Friendly Fire

By Ron Adams

    It happened in the basement of the military training barracks. I and a few other soldiers were sorting brass after the company had been on the firing range. Unnoticed by the group, one soldier took some live rounds found among the spent ones and loaded them into a weapon and pulled the trigger. Need less to say we were scared and shocked, but luckily no one was hit by the bullets. This episode brought to mind how tragic it is when someone is injured or killed by a comrade’s carelessness (friendly fire).
     We are in engaged in spiritual warfare against evil and the evil one. We need to wield the sword of the spirit which is the Word. But we must be careful how we wield the sword. It must not be used in such a way as to injure our comrades in the faith. Jesus said, “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea.” Mark 9:42

Avoiding Friendly-Fire
     Casualties “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.” Galatians 5:13-15

Love One Another!
     A sure way to avoid friendly-fire casualties in the church.
     ‘Friendly Fire’ Injuries are cause by:
Gossip
Competition
Party Spirit
Foolish Controversies
Jealousy
Envy
Slander
Strife
Arrogance 
- Ron Adams publishes F.Y.C., a monthly publication. Bible references are from the NASB except where another translation is referenced. Back issues are archived at http://ra10ar.com Be thoughtful and kind. All rights reserved. © 2021


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