Lead and restrain sinning

The bible has a record of the story and the life of Eli the priest in the book of 1 Samuel 1-4. His story had a sad ending, when he died after hearing that his two son’s had died in a war. His death and that of his children was a punishment from God because his children had blaspheme God, and he did not stop them. The Lord spoke to Samuel about this, when He said “And I declare to him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them.” (1Sa 3:13) God held Eli accountable and punished him for the sins of his sons.

A leader is held accountable for the people he/she leads. When the children of Job had occasional feasting and celebration, he used to pray, intercede for them after each event, for in case they might have sin against God. It is therefore more important for you as a leader to pray and guide those you lead. Otherwise you will be accountable for their sins whether you know them or not. You should not take a passive role when you see that your followers a taking a wrong direction. Trying to maintain peace while sin prevails will not assist you, but might lead to devastating outcomes. You might end up receiving punishment because you did not stop those who sins against God even though you knew it. Lead and restrain from sinning those you lead.

Rev 2:14-16 Says “But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. (15) So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. (16) Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth.”

Lead and restrain sinning those you lead. From Simtandile Dlepuma. Stay blessed.

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