“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil”. Ephesians [6:11]
On the night of October 21, 1904, battleships of the Russian fleet were caught in fog in the North Sea. When they spotted other ships in the mist, they thought they belonged to Japan, with whom Russia was at war. The Russians opened fire, hitting a group of ally British fishing boats and two of their own cruisers. The incident almost started a war between Britain and Russia.
This story is an example of one of the greatest tragedies of war, sometimes called “friendly fire”. In the heat of battle it can become confusing and instead of fighting the enemy one can accidentally start fighting against an ally. When engaged in a spiritual battle it is crucial to understand the identity of your enemy. Paul is quick to remind in verse 12 “For we do not wrestle with flesh and blood.” People are not the enemy even if they are hostile toward you or different than you. Paul clearly tells us that that real enemy is the devil.
Maybe you’ve been guilty of “friendly fire,” have become frustrated in the spiritual battle and taken it out on your friends. The greatest thing you can do is to ask forgiveness of them and the Lord. Ask the Lord to continually remind you that the devil is the enemy.
Father, thank You for reminding me that my battle is not against other people. My battle is against the devil. Forgive me for the times that I fought against the wrong enemy. Amen.
FOR FURTHER READING
1 Peter 5:6-11