FRIEND or FOE…You Choose…

friend or foe

Family…Friends…Please take heed of this sermon this morning…short and to the point…Walk with me on this a bit….

Why some prefer an enemy to a friend!!!

WHY WHY WHY…Is It much easier to conquer and subdue an enemy who attacks us than it is to forgive and restore a friend or family member who hurts us!!!!! They may be naive, wrong, late, grumpy, hurtful, forgetful..I know I know…the ones closets to you….But…BUT…THEY ARE NOT THE ENEMY!!!!!! SO STOP MAKING THEM OUT TO BE!!!!! MUST STOP!!! Because the real enemy is lurking!!!

Friends and Family don’t equal ENEMY…if they do…Stay with me here….

Friend = a person who is on good terms with another; a person who is not hostile, not perfect, but has a tendency to desire the best for the other….right?

Enemy = Hostile, a person who feels hatred for, fosters harmful designs against, or engages in antagonistic activities against another; an adversary or opponent, One who seeks to kill, maim and destroy you…..hmmmmm…ok, walk with me…

So….why is it so hard for us to forgive a friend…who generally wants the best for us….than it is to kill an enemy…

Psalm 55:12-14 puts it this way: “If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were raising himself against me, I could hide from him. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship as we walked with the throng at the house of God.”

I understand that those closets to us have the ability to hurt us the most….but..listen…when you face an Enemy…you WILL miss you friend…TRUST! We MUST confront the friend, people or family whose selfishness has created the strife in the situation…JUST DO IT…..

If we would follow Nehemiah’s examples, my guess is that 95% of our relational problems would be solved. If we have an issue with anyone….walk with me on these four steps: #1: Make sure it’s moral; #2: Think before speaking; #3: Meet face-to-face; and #4: Seek resolution!!!!!!!! Friends for life right…Don’t walk solo in life out of spite and find yourself in need with no one to write…….If you don’t have a least three people who you can call that will give you the world….you may need to re-examine yourself! and I’m not just talking about family, wife and kids!!!….Hold on stay with me here;)….YES….a long look within may be needed and in order!…

Listen…we all have to work on this

Very important…In some parts of the world, I’m told you can find two racks of ancient deer antlers permanently interlocked. Apparently the animals had been fighting fiercely, and their horns became so tangled that they could not be disengaged. As a result, both of them DIED of hunger!!! Work with me here…..They Died! Some may say…hey, at least they died together…But, I say…they didn’t have to DIE AT ALL….

Listen, please listen…Anyone here this morning who is tangled up with someone right now? Is there strife in your life? In your home? In your workplace? With someone in the church? Don’t let it fester any longer. STOP IT NOW!! I love how the people responded to Nehemiah’s challenge in Verse 13 when it says that the “people did as they had promised.”;) Let GO and Let GOD!

What about you? Are you willing to make a promise to stop strife in your life, in your family, at your job, in your church?

Don’t let minor disagreements, little issues, attitudes and problems smolder…STOMP IT UNTIL IT GOES OUT! Stand together, pray together, forgive together, forge the weather together and smile together…Remembering…It may not be what once was….BUT MAN!, in this world…when the sour winds of man try mostly to take you both out…Together, with a friend, just may be better….FIGHT FOR EACH OTHER!

Don’t let the pettiness of a forgotten reason ruin the beauty of a season!

If it were not for forgiveness NONE of US would be here!!!:) Stand Tall!

Praise God This Morning!!!, Be strong today, be on fire in what you do, what you say and while you pray!! Be thankful for the friends you have and reach out to those you miss. It’s never to late to forgive a mistake as we were also forgiven! Praise God!! 🙂 May God Bless You Today!! Powerful you are and Hit it and Hit It Hard!

Thanks for walking with me friends;)

Have a GREAT Day!!:)

Rev. Poe

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A Direct Action Motivational and Missions Based Ministry serving God's people where so ever dispersed!! Rev. Gerald F. Poe Jr.

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