Accountability is the tool God uses to make his people great
Prov 27:17 As iron sharpens iron,So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
We see here in proverbs where we are called to not do life alone anymore. We are created for a community of accountability.
The honest truth we are lazy. We dont want to take responsibilty and help people grow in their walk with Christ.
THE QUESTION OF THE DAY!
- Who do you have in your life helping you become a better version of yourself?
- Who do you have to say you need to stop?
- Who do you have to say your being a knucklehead?
- Who do you have to encourage you and lift you up?
- Who do you have to say shut up when you are talking to much?
If we are going to replicate the life we live into the life of someone else we must have someone holding us accountable in our walk with Christ.
I was cutting up deer meat or processing the harvest the lord blessed me with last week. When I noticed my knife it had become really dull. It was not cutting it was not helping me to get the job done it was quite frustrating really. It needed to be sharpened. In our Christian walk we continually need be sharpened we need to be refined. This is how God molds us into the Christians he has destined us to be. It takes work, it takes us surrounding ourself in a community of accountability. Here is the thing directly connecting to accountability is responsibility. We have to be willing to take responsibility for the souls of others and say im going to stand and fight with them for the Glory of God. I am going to be the shoulder for them to cry on. I am going to be a phone call away. I am going to pray over them, for them, and with them.
This is where we have to take initiative; we have to get away from lazy christianity and step into responsible relational accountability.
Galatians 6:1 states Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.
Have you ever had someone tell you that you are wrong? Man I absolutely hate it. I don’t like being wrong because I am a sinful prideful man. The thing is in learning how to admit to being wrong I have learned thats when I grow the most. It seems that Gods blessings are are soon to follow whenever we are honest with ourselves and others.
God always blesses obedience and never blesses disobedience.
Usually we just get mad whenever we are corrected, when we learn to accept correction that is when we will start taking steps to true satisfaction within ourselves. Sadly alot of times when being corrected people do not do it out of the right motive and heart. There is the old saying “it’s not what you say its how you say it”.
When I look at this verse where it says “restore such a one in a spirit of Gentleness” that means we must have hard conversations out of love and in love. How we confront issues with our tongue is a lot of times going to determine how the issue is resolved.
A prayer for you. Heavenly Father help us to be a people that seeks to have mercy and love the way you do when dealing with conflict in situations. Father we know that we must forgive how you forgive, but it’s hard sometimes. Father soften our hearts to be a people ready and willing to help correct our brothers and sisters in Christ. Help us to be a people who take accountability seriously; and seek to surround ourselves with a community of like minded beleivers that will hold each other accountable.