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Friendly fire is an attack by a military force on friendly forces while attempting to attack the enemy; either misidentifying the target as hostile, or due to errors or inaccuracy. Such attacks often cause injury or death.

And if you have lived long enough, you will not only hear this expression, you may experience it with relationships or even in your family.

Our social environment lends itself to many distractions that can be a contributing factor to this experience. But again, the Bible is so clear on these matters;

James 4:1(NIV) “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?”

Consider these elements when dealing with “friendly fire”

1. Be aware of God’s view of others. Learn to “trade places.” Do you really know what is going on in their life? Do you know where they have come from? God does…

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…”

2. Be aware of the power of your words. Your words have gargantuan power! Proverbs 18:21(NIV) “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Your words are either building or dismantling!

Eph. 4:29 (NKJV) “Let NO corrupt word proceed out of your mouth but what is good for necessary edification that it may impart grace to the hearers.”

3. Be aware of what you did. Isn’t it true that we have had a role in our situation! Even if you have not had anything to do with it, God wants to show you something.

Matthew 7:3-4 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?”

4. Be aware of what you should do. Watch what you are thinking. It’s not that we have suffered from a lack of information but we have suffered a poisoning of our thinking by “wrong information.”

1 Peter 3:8-9 “Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”

5. Be aware of what God will do.

Ephesians 3:20 “Now to Him who is able to exceedingly abundantly above all what we ask or think according to the power that works in us.”

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