2003-08-06 - Accountability
In our lives, it is often times hard to keep an eye on ourselves. It's hard to keep ourselves accountable. Face it, we can't always see all our faults.Because of that, we need friends, brothers, sisters, accountability partners. They are a vital part of our walks with Christ. We all need someone to watch us, tell us what we do wrong, and then try to help us fix what it is that we messed up. As I said previously, I was held accountable by my friend's mom. She didn't even know, but she did.Just the look on her face was enough to stop me and make me think about what I was saying and doing.
One of the greatest stories in the Bible that displays accountibility is found in 2 Samuel 12: 1-14. It is the story of Nathan holding David accountible and then rebuking him. Nathan tells David a story about two men; a rich man and a poor man. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, while the poor man only owned one lamb. One day a traveler came to stay with the rich man, but he refused to kill one of his own sheep or cattle to make a meal for the traveler. Instead he took the lamb from the poor man and prepared it for the meal.
When David heard this story, he burned with anger against the man, and said to Nathan, "As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this deserves to die! He must pay for that lamb and four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity."
Here comes the best part, folks!! At that moment, Nathan stopped David and said "You are that man!" David had been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. He was trapped. Nathan then began to tell David about all the ways the Lord was going to punish him, but David was wise enough to admit that he had sinned, and Nathan then assured David that the Lord had forgiven him and was not going to punish him.
Accountability is important in our walks as Christians. We need people in our lives to tell us when we do something wrong. We need friends that we can trust and tell anything to. Someone who is willing to tell us the truth, even if it will hurt. They are essential to our growth as Christian. So if you don't have someone like that, pray about it, ask God for someone to hold you accountable. He will give you someone...
"Truth is like surgery, it may hurt, but it heals"
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