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ACCOUNTABILITY: A NATURAL RESULT OF

BIBLICAL FELLOWSHIP

 

In our modern, depersonalized society, we are taught to stand on our own two feet and NOT depend on others.  Above all, we are told “do not let anyone see your mistakes, failures, or pain.”  Is this a biblical picture?

 

Instead, Romans 12:9 tells us, “Love must be sincere.  Hate what is evil; cling what is good.  Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.  Honor one another above yourselves.”

 

2 Timothy 2:22 says, “Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”  In addition, 1 Peter 1:22 commands us to love our brothers and sisters in Christ, deeply, from the heart.

 

It is too easy in life to keep people at a distance; to not allow them to see the “real” us (problems and all).  Being transparent can be both scary and difficult.  But, as we can see form the previous verses, God wants us to be in close relationship to some Christians.  Hebrews 3:13 tells us to “...encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”  Be careful that your heart does not become hardened.

 

Encouragement from one another works to keep this from happening.  Allow other Christians to see your whole life.  James 5:16 tells us to “confess our sins to one another and pray for each other so that we can be healed.”

 

Be accountable to someone.  No one wants to be accountable to someone else.  Accountability breeds transparency.  If we let someone know us than they will really know who we are.  And they may encourage us to change and that is something we don’t want to do because it is hard.  Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”  As we are open and honest with our friends in Christ we help each other to deal with the struggles of life.  Ecclesiastes 4:10 reminds us that we need one another, “If one falls down, his friend can help him up.  But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up.”

 

*Warning:  Shear accountability without love in the relationship becomes a law, and a “law” is powerless in helping us overcome SIN.  Love has to be overarching, undergirding, and yes, even permeating accountability.

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