by Rick White

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Friendly Fire! (13 of 26)
Series: Truths That Transform
Rick White
2 Corinthians 7:1-7

Message Truth: Broken relationships can cause us great pain. We may not be able to prevent hurt but we can choose how we respond to it.

2Cor. 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

2Cor. 7:2 Make room for us {in your hearts;} we wronged no one, we corrupted no one, we took advantage of no one. 3 I do not speak to condemn you; for I have said before that you are in our hearts to die together and to live together. 4 Great is my confidence in you, great is my boasting on your behalf; I am filled with comfort. I am overflowing with joy in all our affliction.

2Cor. 7:5 For even when we came into Macedonia our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within. 6 But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus; 7 and not only by his coming, but also by the comfort with which he was comforted in you, as he reported to us your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me; so that I rejoiced even more.

Introduction: The term friendly fire has become an all too familiar term for most Americans. In his book Restoring Your Spiritual Passion, Gordon MacDonald tells us something about the history of the phrase. "One of the great literary pieces that came out of the Vietnam War was a book called Friendly Fire. It detailed the events surrounding the death of a soldier and the failure of the defense department to account for what had actually happened. Only after the dead soldier's persistent parents demanded disclosure did it become clear that the young man had not lost his life to the enemy but to misdirected artillery fire from American guns. Friendly fire, it was called".

Just a few days ago two Army Blackhawks helicopters were shot down in the no-fly zone over northern Iraq, kil ...

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