When we hear the word, “accountability,” we straighten up a little bit in our chairs, don’t we? It requires someone getting into our business a little bit and keeping us true to our word, ourselves, each other and the Word of God. Let’s face it, that’s uncomfortable to think about.
But actually, accountability is something we should embrace like warm cocoa on a cold winter day! Why would I say that? One scripture in particular comes to mind:
“Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”
Proverbs 11:14 (KJV)
Accountability helps to keep us out of trouble! It helps us see things we so easily lose sight of. It keeps us from falling into pits and stepping on land mines.
Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” By the very nature of deceit, we don’t even realize it when we are deceived. We need others pointing things out to us.
That doesn’t mean your life has to be an open book. Choose a trusted friend or small group of friends to share specific things with. Ask the Lord to guide you in who you reach out to and about what.
Scripture tells us to speak the truth in love to help build each other up. (Ephesians 4:15). So, when we do need to correct someone or be corrected, we should be gentle and patient with each other. After all, we’ve all fallen short and need grace and forgiveness.
Accountability isn’t all about correction. It’s also about encouraging each other. Hebrews 10:24 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,” (NIV). We all need cheering on as we fight the good fight of faith!
Accountability is simply acknowledging that we need each other as we journey through life. Let’s pray this prayer today:
“Father, I know there are things I miss or just get wrong sometimes. I can’t see everything that needs to be seen. Show me one area of my life where accountability would help bring me safety and encouragement. Then show me who I should confide in about it. Thank You for Your wonderful work of sanctification in me, for helping to make me more like You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”