Forming Alliances

image_okkehwThey formed alliances to have someone watch their back. They formed alliances to help fight off the enemy. They formed alliances to stay alive.

Many tributes, when entering the Hunger Games, would create “alliances” they believed would help them make it to the end alive. This is where Katniss and Peeta found success.  Others, like those in the “Career Pack”, would eventually turn on one another and actually cause their “allies” more harm than good. In many ways, we have the same choice to make when we decide on the people we choose to surround ourselves with. They will be the ones who encourage us to either remain faithful to God or let our faith waver.

Proverbs 27:12 tells us, “As iron sharpens iron, so the man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 says, “Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits.” Do your friends sharpen you in a way that will help you get to Heaven? Or do they dull your spiritual life and make it hard to stay faithful to God? Friendships (or alliances) can be one of the biggest blessings in our lives, but they can also be one of the biggest hindrances to our Christianity if we do not choose them wisely. Our lives should be filled with allies who:

Encourage us.
Luke, speaking about Barnabas, says: “When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord” (Acts 11:23).  We need allies that will encourage us to stay with the Lord and keep our faith strong.

Correct us when we are wrong.
Galatians 2:11 says, “Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed.” We need allies that will have enough courage to keep us accountable and let us know when we are sinning.

Do not love this world
Paul mentioned that Demus forsook him because of his love for worldliness (2 Timothy 4:9, 10). We need allies who will choose obeying God and making moral choices rather than falling victim to the Devil and the temptations of this world.

Are overjoyed in our own faithfulness.
3 John 4 says, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” If our allies are truly overjoyed that we remain faithful to God, then they will do nothing to hurt our spiritual walk. They will rejoice with us and try to help us remain faithful so we can get to heaven.

Katniss and Peeta’s alliance was one where they would do anything to make it to the end of the game alive together. This needs to be our goal in forming our alliance as well. I want my alliance of friends to consist of people who will do their hardest to help me be the best Christian possible, to help me steer clear from the Devil’s darts, and to make sure I get to Heaven with them.

Alicia Bookout
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Alicia and her husband Garrett currently serve at the Northwest congregation in Lawton, OK. They have two children: Emma and Wesley.

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