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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Our Mutual Friend (not about the book) (09/15/11)

TITLE: A Letter To A Friend
By Lisa Kurasz
09/19/11


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My dear friend,

We have a mutual friend, or maybe what has become better termed modernly as a frenemy.
This supposed mutual friend has the innate talent to see each of us at our worst moments, and if a
moment isn't there, will most assuredly push us in the direction of the least attractive side of our
character.

Surely, we all know better than to behave in such a manner, for we have been taught week after week,
from trusted teachers, using one lone book of instruction. Yet, our frenemy seems to help us so easily
into this destructive path. We're not quite sure how we find ourselves caught in this place, or more accurately, the endless cycle of it all. For it certainly isn't our intention to be captured in this dance that ultimately leads to so much heartache for all of us.

I wonder about the cleverness of our mutual friend. Sometimes these moments come on like a gentle
drip drip that is barely noticed and other times they are as quick as a lightning flash. These moments are always fed by the intent to hurt in someway, anybody or everybody that is near enough to get caught in the scheme at hand. It doesn't seem to matter where our mutual friend plays out these shenanigans. Anyplace is good.

But honestly, there is only so much that can be blamed on our mutual friend. For in ourselves there is enough of a battle to overcome resentment, bitterness, jealousy and guile. These are just a few of the easily grown weeds in our own personal gardens. It's just that this frenemy of ours seems to help us harvest it so well with just a slight nudge or whisper.

I write this not out of condemnation of you or I, but as a warning of the trap we have both been falling
into. For neither of us are without guilt. But the time comes when we each must recognize that we can not continue to hang out with our mutual friend and expect the results to be anything that is of a worthy witness to our walk. We must be vigilant in the company we keep whatever we are doing. Our frenemy sneaks up on us, prowling, waiting to hand us the wrong reading or movie, or even to pull us into speaking in ways that we should not be thinking, let alone saying.

If there is a way to do wrong our mutual friend will be there to help find a way to fan the flames of condemnation for us, and all who join in such behavior that is less than pure. Understand that this is not written out of a spiteful urge, rather of concern for you and all I hold dear in the name of my most beloved.

Let us not be joined with the things that are not worthy of the one who has sacrificed so much for us.
Instead, let us rebuke our mutual friend, in the name of the one that is love, who desires an everlasting
life for us.

I bid that we now stand in agreement and say to our mutual friend, “You are no friend of mine or any
man. So long Lucifer.”

Your fellow believer


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/24/11
I like this, it's really creative. Many people don't even realize they are consorting with the enemy. This letter will open some eyes for sure.

I noticed your spacing was off a little. Make sure you hit preview before you hit submit. This will give you a chance to see what your entry will look like. A secret to prevent hitting submit by accident is to not fill in the title and entry level until you are done proofing it.

You had a great idea putting this into a letter format. It makes it feel like you are having a one on one conversation with the reader.
Pam Ford Davis 09/25/11
Very insightful, good warning to all...
Gerald Shuler 09/26/11
Timely letter for the modern world. We need to be aware that there is a false friend out there that will deceive you any way he can. Good job on the letter style.
Virgil Youngblood 09/26/11
I like the word "frenemy." Your letter contained a timely admonition for readers to ponder. Well done.
Linda Goergen09/27/11
Satan indeed will try and convince us he is our friend…just like he pretended to be Eve’s friend, but was her worst enemy, just as he is ours. Frenemy is a good term for a deceiver like that! This “letter” message is a good warning and reminder to beware! Good job!
Lillian Rhoades 09/27/11
I like your message that says we must stay diligently aware and ahead of "Lucifer's" tactics. I'm not sure I would consider him a friend. Personally, I would drop the "fr." It suggests compromise. Your piece reminds me of one of Paul's letters to the Church.
Great devotional!
Noel Mitaxa 09/28/11
Very insightful and creative approach to how deceitful nerss of the evil one can be. I liked your wrap-up.
Helen Curtis09/28/11
An excellent devotional that, with a few changes, might be good for a youth group. This could very easily be adapted to form a series of bible studies, to really bring out the different aspects of our 'frenemy's' nature and how our God WILL provide ways to stand firm in our faith. Well done on an excellent entry!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/29/11
Congratulations for placing 8th in level one!