Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
I am sure that there are a few times in our lives that we can look back and wish we had a do-over. There are probably some of those moments that, if you give an honest account, you could have used an additional voice in your life to help you with the decision making or even the endurance of the consequences of your mistakes. These voices would have come from men or women that you could depend on to hold you accountable to walk on a worthy path… away from snares of our desires or worldly satisfactions. Accountability relationships are essential to help us minimize our do-over wishes and keep our feet on the right path.
In his book, Man Code, Dennis Swanberg encourages every guy to have three good buddies “that can keep their mouths shut.” This goes for the ladies as well! This isn’t your spouse (for married readers). These are people you can call and meet at any time just to spill your guts. There is a desperate need that we have for these sharpening relationships that makes his exhortation real. Speaking from experience, we all need a few people in our lives who will listen to our struggles and speak honest, clear truth. This friend does not shy away from asking the hard questions and being a voice in uncovering deep rooted selfishness or motives that do not line up with Scripture. These trusted friendships can keep you away from the do-overs and unnecessary regrets in life.
We are, after all, accountable whether we like it or not. Accountability keep society functioning. Think of what happens if you get pulled over for speeding. Christian accountability is no different. Christians are:
Accountable to God – “So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. (Romans 14:12),
Accountable to one another: “For the body does not consist of one member but of many.”(click to read the whole passage 1 Corinthians 12:12-31),
Accountable to encourage: “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up (1 Thessalonians 5:11),
Accountable to grow spiritually: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24).
Do you have accountability relationships in place?
Are you using them, and do they hold you accountable to a higher, Christ-centered standard?
If you don’t, now is the time to prayerfully consider the right person for this task.
Record your thoughts on today’s scripture and call your accountability relationships to check in and pray for each other (James 5:16, 19-20).
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Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church
1015 St. Hwy 121
Allen, Texas 75013
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe…” Romans 1:16