Accountability is so important in our walks as Christians. We must be held accountable first to God, then to each other and to ourselves. Sometimes the truth is hard to hear and hard to say, but it’s still the truth and God encourages us to always live within the truth and the light. Bring all things into the light so that they may be revealed and brought out of the darkness where sin dwells. The Bible actually tells us that we have an obligation to hold each other accountable for our actions. This is especially true when we see that a fellow believer is acting in a way that does not reflect God’s will.
“Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell” Psalm 43:3
We all need others to hold us accountable. We need fellow believers to encourage us and to correct us in love. Without that accountability we will never grow and move forward in God’s plan for our lives.
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.” Proverbs 12:15
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16
“Whoever says to the guilty, ‘you are innocent’—peoples will curse him and nations denounce him. But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come upon them.” Proverbs 24:24-25
We also must be accountable to ourselves. We need to be able to take a look at our own lives and what we do and say and make changes as needed. We need to hold ourselves accountable for our actions, and not fall into blaming others. God will hold all of us accountable for our own actions and there will be no room for blaming others. Only we can account for what we have said and done in our lives. To grow we must look at our lives and face the areas we need to work on, the sooner we do that the better our lives will be and the more God will bless our actions. We cannot hide anything from God, He knows our hearts.
“So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.” Romans 14:12