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Disobedience

I Sam 15:10-11 Now the word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying, 11 “I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments.” And it grieved Samuel, and he cried out to the Lord all night.

I Sam 16: 1 Now the Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.”

I John 5:16-17 If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.

When Samuel heard about the disobedience of Saul, he grieved for him the whole night. He cried out to the LORD for the whole night. Later, LORD said to him to stop mourning and do His will to anoint a king from the sons of Jesse. Here we see that Samuel was burdening for Saul even though he was disobedient. But one point, God stopped him and asked him to do His will. Burdening for one another in prayer is a powerful bond of unity and a potent weapon against the enemy’s stronghold. When there is a disobedience or sin in another brother or sister as Paul said in Gal 6:1, we have to warn them with spirit of gentleness because we also will come under the same temptations. Even though they sinned against God, we can forgive and warn them and carry them in our prayer according to God’s will and give support to steady them and bring them out of their situation and trap. If we look at I John 5:16, John warns us not pray for those sins which is leading to death. In these conditions we should seek the help of our God the Holy Spirit, Who will give us the discernment to pray accordingly or support the brother or sister about their unrighteousness. When God does not want us to take that burden then we should not take it because of our self righteousness. That will weigh us down on our spiritual life. As Apostle Peter said, we have to be vigilant and sober minded not to be arrogant as saying to others that you have sinned, but in gentleness we take the burden and in God’s wisdom we should be ready to leave the burden to fulfill God’s righteousness in others life. 

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