The king charged Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, “Deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom.” And all the people heard when the king charged all the commanders concerning Absalom – 2 Samuel 18:5
Absalom, David’s son, rebelled against his father and the outcome was a war. Yet, before entering into battle, David ordered his commanders not to harm his son, the very leader of the rebellion! Certainly, an unreasonable command, it could be considered reckless and ignorant. King David’s desires, though understandable as a father, hindered wise leadership. You cannot both defeat and protect an enemy at the same time.
Unfortunately, most of us consistently repeat this error. We attempt to win the battle against our enemy (our own flesh), but in the process also try to keep it from harm. You can’t defeat the flesh and preserve it too. It is not only impossible; it is naive and usually ends in horrible defeat.
The enemy must die.
According to the Bible, the works of the “flesh” are of two kinds: the unrighteous and the self-righteous. – Watchman Nee
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