Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Accountable To Each Other!

But he that hears reproof gets understanding. (Prov. 15:32) 

People who are accountable usually have four qualities: 

Vulnerability---capable of being wounded, shown to be wrong, even admitting it before confronted.
Teachability---a willingness to learn, being quick to hear and respond to reproof, being open to counsel. 
Availability---accessible, touchable, able to be interrupted. 
Honesty---committed to the truth regardless how much it hurts, a willingness to admit the truth no matter how difficult or humiliating the admission may be. Hating all that is phony or false. 

That's a tough list! . . . Today we need others to hold us accountable. Sometimes an objective opinion will reveal a blind spot. Sometimes we may simply need a sounding board to help keep us on target. Just remember---not one of us is an island. We need one another. 

Living Above the Level of Mediocrity 

There is no doubt that holding ourselves accountable to one another takes alot of courage. Accountability helps us to keep our character in check. It helps us to stay on the "straight and narrow". 

The one verse that comes to mind when it comes to accountability is Proverbs 27:17. As iron sharpens iron. . . . Accountability allows us to be vulnerable, teachable, available, and last, but not least, honest. 

It is those four qualities that make accountability so difficult to achieve. When we allow ourselves to be accountable, our ability to be transparent becomes evident. For accountability to be effective, we MUST be transparent. We must be honest, brutally honest if need be. Before we can be accountable to each other, we must first be accountable to God. 

Accountability starts the moment you wake up first thing in the morning. Spending a moment in prayer and in the reading of God's Word is indicative of a lifestyle that is disciplined and accountable. The best coaches, counselors, pastors, and lay leaders are those who are first and foremost accountable with themselves before they can hold themselves accountable to others and request the same from others. 

A healthy home, church, workplace, and community has learned the discipline of accountability. My dear friends, can you honestly say that you are holding yourself accountable so that you can in return hold yourself accountable to others and encourage others to do the same? Western cultures have made accountability look like something that is old fashioned and outdated. It is because of that cultural influence that we have men and women who put more weight on independence and self-sufficiency. As a result, we have nations that are in moral and spiritual decay. It is the lack of accountability to God and to one another that has resulted in the way the world is today. If we are going to stand before God in judgment and come out of it blameless, we must start right now and hold ourselves accountable to God and each other. Otherwise, you may not like the result of YOUR judgment. BE ACCOUNTABLE MY FRIENDS. . . . BE ACCOUNTABLE!!!! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).