Friendly fire is a military term describing an unwanted, undesired occurrence. It is an attack (weapon fire) on one’s own force or other allied forces; inadvertently causing injury or death (of course without intent to) while attempting to attack enemy forces. It is an incident you don’t ever want to happen, but yes it does happen and as you can imagine a painful experience for the initiator of the “fire”.
Similarly in soccer, the most painful loss is that due to a goal accidentally scored against one’s own team. In team sport as well as war, there is an understanding that those on a team or a side are in it together against “the other side” not oneself. The scriptures admonish us as Christians to stand in unity. We are the body of Christ and are therefore fighting the same enemy.
It is the devil that is our adversary not each other. But of course as a strategist that he is, he works hard at getting us to turn on one another. When we do this by slandering, gossiping, backbiting, envying, putting down, quarreling, etc., it’s like turning our weapon around and opening fire on our own side. It’s our loss and there is nothing friendly about that. Rather let us do all we can to build up, support and defend one another because we are one.
In a nutshell: The body of Christ is one body, one family, One Kingdom. We are at war, but our adversary is the devil and never other Christians. Waging war against our fellow Christian(s) is simply a ploy of the devil to get us to turn on each other and lose the war against him. Let us recognize it for what it is and refuse to be deceived into opening friendly fire. And just a gentle reminder – the devil is a defeated foe!
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.[Ephesians 6:12; Amplified]
3 Make every effort to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the bond of peace [each individual working together to make the whole successful].
4 There is one body [of believers] and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when called [to salvation] —
5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of us all who is [sovereign] overall and [working] through all and [living] in all. [Ephesians 4:3 - 6; Amplified]
To do: Is there any fellow believer(s) you are “fighting” against instead of fighting with and for? It’s time to turn your firearm away from them and train them on the real enemy – the devil.