I Sam. 3:13 “I have warned him continually that judgment is coming for his family, because his sons are blaspheming God and he hasn’t disciplined them.”
We have a responsibility to one another to reveal sin when we become aware of it. A real friend, one who really loves us, will care enough about us to warn us when we fall into sin. Such friends do not look down on us, but admonish us in a loving way. God makes it very clear that all sin will be punished. We must realize that at stake is eternity. He who lives in sin will die in sin. Do not ignore sin, whether it’s in your heart or in the heart of another. Prayerfully address sin wherever it is found.
Parents have a responsibility to their children. We don’t like to confront our children about sin. We love them and do not want to create a rift between us and them. Most parents will not talk about sin they see in their children, especially as they get older. When we know about sin and ignore it there is a price to pay. For Eli, it cost him the life of his sons. God held Eli responsible for not telling them about their sins.
Think about it. How would you feel if you knew that someone you loved dearly would die in their sins because you failed to do something about it, especially in your own family? At the very least, we should be talking about sin and our responsibility for it. How will others know they are living in sin if no one tells them? It would be quite a burden to carry to your grave if you kept your mouth shut and never spoke out about sin and knew that they will be in hell because of it.
God is patient and constantly warns about sin. When it is dismissed as being not important enough to talk about or do anything about it, judgment comes.