The Gift of Accountability

The Gift of Accountability

He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded. Proverbs 13:13 (NKJV)

How many times have we received a certain scripture and responded with a hearty, "Amen!" while other times we simply cringe because it strikes an area where we are weak in our walk?  It's as if we would like to pick and choose which ones we agree with and will allow to sink into our hearts and heads.  Isn't this how accountability works though?  I have said it before, "The ones who need accountability the most, are the ones who want it the least."

He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding. Proverbs 15:32 (NKJV)

When I think about spiritual accountability, I think about Isaiah the great Prophet of God.  He was the first of God's Prophets.  These Prophets stood along with the priests as representatives of God.  They were given the role of confronting people and speaking for God, as they brought His commands and promises.

But the people who heard these messages didn't always receive it very well.  The message Isaiah brought to the people was one of accountability and it was very confrontational because of their lifestyle and their continued tendencies to disobey God.  And like many people who need accountability, they wanted nothing to do with the corrective message.

Q:    So just what exactly did Isaiah speak to them?

He spoke out to the people and told them to turn from their lives of sin and warned them of God's judgment and punishment.  It took a strong man who was courageous to look an entire society in the face and give them a message of accountability, knowing it would not be well received.  But Isaiah found every bit of his strength in the Lord, as we should too. When we turn to God for His will, wisdom and the strength to do what He asks of us, we are given empowerment to complete any task, regardless of how we may be viewed or persecuted.  

The LORD will give strength to His people... Psalms 29:11 (NKJV)

Q:  How does this apply to us as Christian men and women?

Well, in addition to welcoming accountability into our lives, we must be willing to hold our Christian brothers and sisters accountable when we see them walking in sin.  We must pray before doing this and we must always do it in love.  

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let's be willing to allow others to encourage us in our Christian walk and to help keep us accountable.   When we lay any pride we may have down we will soon realize we are being blessed amazingly.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures in this devotional, what can we learn with respect to receiving and giving good counsel through God's word?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you struggle with being held accountable?  

APPLICATION:  Let's not become defensive when someone holds us accountable when we are in sin.  Let's receive this as an act of love by God through them.  

Let's Pray...

Father, thank You for Your Word.  Thank You for teaching us to care enough to speak into the lives of those around us.  Thank You for speaking to us through those around us as well.  Help me to be a vessel of truth today.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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