Frenemies – Are There Any Among You?

by Tereciah on August 8, 2013


Frenemies – Are There Any Among You?

by Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

I knew something wasn’t quite right, but I couldn’t put my finger on it.  Their actions didn’t line up with the words they proclaimed.  But most of all, I was blinded by their acts of jealousy, covered up and packaged in the form of friendship.

Frenemies, wolves in sheep clothing, two-faced, whatever you may call them, you know who I’m talking about.  Individuals that proclaim and act as though they are your friend, that they have your best interest at heart, when in truth, they’re not and they don’t.

There was a plot against the life of Jeremiah (11:18-23) from the men of the town of Anathoth.  They pretended to heed his words but were in fact plotting to take his life.

They said “Let us destroy the tree and its fruit; let us cut him off from the land of the living that his name be remembered no more.”

Are there frenemies in your life?  Have you been blinded by their professed friendship, sweet words that butter you up and make you feel good?

Do they tell you what you want to hear although deep down you know it’s a lie?  Have caring individuals whose opinions you trust mentioned things to you about them, but you’ve brushed it off as jealousy or anger on their part?

Do these individuals have a desire to be the only one speaking into your ear?  Receiving counsel from them only and trying to keep you from others you trust?

It’s time for you to open your eyes my friend.  Just as God revealed to Jeremiah (11:18) what the men of Anathoth were planning against him, He will reveal it to you as well.  Maybe He already has but you’ve refused to listen.

Frenemies are not friends; they’re enemies.  Simple.  They are there to breakdown, splinter, tear apart, and trample.  In other words their goal is to destroy you and whatever you may stand for.  Period.

Their behavior stems from uncleansliness in their hearts and destruction in their soul.  The same things the adversary uses in them to work against you.

Ever heard of a Trojan horse?  Something or someone that acts and talks like they belong there but in truth, they’re only there to destroy and wreak havoc?  Well that’s who these people are.

You should always have your spiritual guard up.  As Believers in the Body of Christ we have discernment, some may be stronger than others depending on your maturity in Christ, but it’s there; your discernment.

Ask the Father to reveal to you any areas in your life where wolves may have snuck in, you know, the frenemies.  Ask Him to remove any spiritual (or physical) blinders you may have over your eyes; for a heart to receive instructions and a mind to accept it.

Learn to increase your discernment and learn from any past mistakes. Be strong but diligent.

Be Blessed!

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