April 25 – Accountability

Read Romans 14:12

Today, our focus is about accountability. Before you get defensive and skip this devotional, let me share my perspective. Accountability is good. Accountability is not merely discouraging correction, it can also be an encouraging adjustment.  Sure, one day every person will give an accounting of his or her life but accountability can be good.

God longs to nurture you with the help of a close friend, a caring mentor, or an involved Grace Group leader.  Grace Church values loving, caring relationships where we strive to see Christ take a greater lead in your life. Colossians 1:28 says, “He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present every one fully mature in Christ.”

I urge you to seriously consider getting involved with a Grace Group (or a small group at your local church if you aren’t a Grace Church attendee) where you can be involved in a personal accountability relationship.  You don’t want to miss out on the great benefits for personal accountability to grow in your relationship with Christ.

Personal spiritual accountability to another Christ-follower develops our sense of responsibility to improve our journey with Christ. Giving an account of your life promotes integrity and can protect you from using your life choices to hurt yourself or to damage others.  Such personal examination can deter unhealthy relationships.

An accountability partner can help you see your own blind spots and weaknesses.  Being accountable for your life allows caring and loving people to speak into your life to offer counsel, encouragement, or a share a loving rebuke.

Take care in choosing an accountability partner.  Discover the right person. Look for a seasoned Christ-follower who trusts God and will offer godly wisdom based on the Bible.  Moreover, ask God for a person who accepts and loves you just as you are, but who also possess the courage to confront you when you are in danger of choosing a foolish path or a questionable direction.

Wouldn’t it be great to find someone who will truly look out for your best interest?

DB

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