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Read the following verses. How did David display a careful .and respectful attitude toward King Saul, even after Saul tried to kill him unjustly?

And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.

And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD'S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.

So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way.

David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself.

And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?

Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee today into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the LORD's anointed.

Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it.

- I Samuel 24:5-11

    should not teach in this Name? and behold. ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man's blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:27-29).

At times, a person in authority can make a wrong or unfair decision. This may happen due to ignorance, a mistaken perception, or deliberate mistreatment. When you have been treated unfairly by an authority and believe that the situation needs to be corrected or prevented from occurring again, speak with the authority privately, respectfully, and non-aggressively. The following examples illustrate a case of following, and of not following these guidelines.

    Robert, a tenth-grade student, had turned around as Mr. Snyder was lecturing, and asked Diane if he could borrow her eraser.

    "That will be a noon-hour detention for you, Robert," he stated, and continued on with his lecture.

    Robert became angry. He thought, "I've heard others talking this hour, too. Why didn't Mr. Snyder give them detentions? All I did was ask Diane for an eraser. Does that deserve a detention? This is ridiculous! It's unfair!" But Robert kept his thoughts and feelings inside and said nothing until the class was dismissed.

    After class, he went to Mr. Snyder privately and politely asked, "Sir, may I speak with you sometime later today?"

    "Yes, you may," Mr. Snyder replied. "During midmorning break would be fine, in the office."

    "Mr. Snyder, I will serve the detention you assigned me," Robert began after they were seated privately in the office. "But to be honest, I do not understand why. All I did was ask Diane for an eraser."

    "Robert, I appreciate your speaking with me privately," Mr. Snyder replied. "I did not give you a detention for your speaking this once. You know that I have had to reprimand you several times in the last two or three weeks for talking. After doing so twice in yesterday's class, I felt that you were intentionally trying to break my

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