Meriam-Webster dictionary describes a frenemy as a person who is, or pretends to be, a friend but who also in some ways is an enemy or rival seeking to injure, overthrow, or confound an opponent.
Perhaps most of us have willingly, or ignorantly, participated in gossip about someone we know, or do not personally know. In other words meaningless talk about someone else’s business. A frenemy takes ownership of other’s information when divulge without permission.
Do we really have time for such pettiness with so many things happening in the world, and in our own lives? I do not, nor will I, make time for gossipers, meddlers, busybodies or frenemies. This might sound harsh but even Jesus did not play with words to protect feelings. He was more concerned about souls and said to stop sinning or something worse may happen. (John 5:14)
As disciples of Jesus, we should also be more concern about the soul of mankind and sharing His gospel than thriving on gossip to seek opportunities to destroy others.
In today’s society, bad news dominate and proliferate media platforms through mass distribution because other people’s business wants to be heard by itching ears.
Likewise with frenemies who turn other people’s good news into bad news to keep themselves uplifted in front of others. However, the Bible has strong words for frenemies in the Church. “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the House of GOD; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of GOD? (I Peter 4:17)
If we are well-liked, or not, it comes a time when we must withdraw ourselves from those who continue to walk disorderly. Our souls depend on keeping frenemies at bay.
For me, I cut frenemies’ leashes from my ears after informing them that I no longer wish to know what others said about me, but rather why they are comfortable telling them. (I Corinthians 15:33-34)
I John 4:20-21; I Peter 4:15-17; Proverb 13:3; Proverb 20:3; II Thessalonians 3:6; Genesis 6:5-7; 2 Timothy 3:1–6; Romans 1:29-32; I Timothy 5:12-13; Proverbs 11:12-13; Proverb 18:21; Proverb 4-16; II Timothy 3:1-5; Proverb 16:28; Proverbs 18:7-8; and Proverb 21:23
QUOTES BY TANGIE T. WOODS
Few words speak wisdom.
The same tenacity use to spread gossip should be use to spread the Gospel.