Being Held Accountable
James 5:16 - Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Being held accountable for the things that we do isn’t always the most fun thing is it? All of us have done something wrong and we have been held accountable and possibly disciplined because of that, whether it was at work or at home, like when we were kids and our parents made us be accountable for things that we had done. That doesn’t stop when we move out of our parent’s house does it? We are constantly being held accountable at work, by our significant other, and hopefully by our own integrity. Why should it be any different in our faith?
We need to be held accountable! Yes, we have integrity to hold ourselves accountable, but we still need others. One of the strongest experiences in my faith was in college. Part of being a member of the religion division at Southern Wesleyan was taking part in an accountability group every week with other students. Because of this program I saw people get frustrated because they were called out (in a loving way) for their own actions. I also saw those same people, myself included, grow in their faith and live a more authentic life displaying the love of Christ. Accountability works, no doubts about it.
Are you being held accountable in your faith? Are you giving yourself the opportunity to be held accountable and grow? Because if you are not, then you need to. Find someone who has a depth in their faith and loves you like Christ loves you. Ask them to hold you accountable and dedicate yourself to holding them accountable. Be open, honest, sincere, and loving. If you do this and open yourself up, you will experience growth in your relationship with Jesus, and you will discover what it means to live a true authentic life of faith in Jesus Christ.