“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.” Ephesians 4:25 ESV
I used to believe I was above sin. I would hear of addictions and idols that consumed people’s lives, and I would think there’s no way I would ever become so sinful. But in reality, I was already just as sinful as people who suffer through addictions, even if it wasn’t as prevalent and public. In Romans 3:23 it says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” I am not exempt from this, and neither are you. Each and every one of us is not above sin, and therefore, accountability is something we not only need but should strive for in our godly friendships.
Accountability is a good reminder that is it okay to be needy for God’s grace—it reminds us that indeed we are sinners, and because of Jesus, God is always faithful to forgive. Having friends and family who care about our eternal salvation, who encourage us even in the midst of our darkest struggles, and who point us to the cross day by day is a means of God’s protection in our lives. And understanding that we all are fighting the same battle means we can freely share our struggles with these close, trusted friends.
I thank God daily for the godly friends in my life who will call me out in love when I am sinning. In fact, it is the most loving thing someone could do for me. I need to hear Truth more than anything.
Accountability isn’t just about sharing our sins and rebuking one another in love; it’s also about building each other up, encouraging each other towards God’s goodness, and pointing each other towards the cross of Christ. Because of Him, we are accepted, loved more than ever, and forgiven eternally. Ultimately accountability can be a means in which God molds us through the friendships he brings into our lives. Even more so, it graciously reminds us that apart from God we are nothing—He is our strength and our redeemer until Christ comes back to glorify us forevermore.
Father, thank you for the godly friendships in my life. I pray I have solid accountability to help me through my struggles. Forgive me for thinking I am above sin. I need you every hour of every day. Continue to mold me to become more Christ-like.
Do you have solid, Biblical accountability in your life? Reach out to someone in your church and ask if they would like to be a part of your Christian walk.