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FRENEMIES


A frenemy is a friend/enemy. You like a frenemy and you hate a frenemy. You work with a frenemy when it is convenient and self-serving, but when it is not, the frenemy becomes a nemesis. The Urban Dictionary states a frenemy is "an enemy disguised as a friend." and twists the old adage to say, "Keep your friends close, and your frenemies closer." (Urban Dictionary Word of the Day, May 20, 2007)


In 2008 Bishop John Rucyahana of Rwanda spoke of the amazing transformation that has taken place in his country following the horrific ethnic genocide of 1994 in which long-standing tribal hatreds swept through the country. He spoke of how Jesus was the key to restoring relationships. He said, "We don't invest in hatred and hurt anymore. We invest in hope." No frenemies here--only forgiveness.


(Pastors.com/blogs/ministrytoolbox/archive/2009/o8/20/how-to-forgive-someone-who-has-hurt-you.aspx. From a sermon by Monty Newton, The Frenemy Dysfunction, 8/8/2011)

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