It’s a we thing

Hello everyone, hope you’re all doing well.

As some of you may know, the FCA Character Camp was this past weekend. We studied different character traits, including purity, tolerance, and cheerful… Just to name a few.

That character trait that stood out the most to me (and also is the thing I lack the most in) is accountability.

So what exactly is accountability?
Being answerable to God and at least one other person for my behavior.

The way I fell short in accountability was not having someone there to say, “Kaleb, that wasn’t very Godly of you.” or “Do you think that’s how God would’ve handled that situation?”

Being accountable for your actions is key to a Christian lifestyle. If you aren’t held accountable for your sin, then what’s to stop you from repeating that sin over again?

Many Christians believe that they can live a life of integrity without accountability. That attitude, like I said before, makes us more vulnerable to sin.

In the book of Galatians, chapter 6 and verse 2, it calls us to, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” This verse precisely describes accountability, saying to carry each other’s burden and hold each other accountable for each other’s actions.

So how do you correct the lack of accountability in your life? An accountability partner. (if you’re too cool for that term, feel free to use accountability bro) We need to reach a point where we can confess our sins and shortcomings to one another. Not only will this be someone who can hold you accountable for your actions, but it can also be someone who is there when you need to talk.

In order for the accountability partner deal to work, two are two keys things that need to be followed:

  1. Your accountability partner must not judge. They must be someone who you can open up to without them thinking you’re a freak or judging you until you can’t trust them anymore. Former NFL players and accountability bros Eric Boles and Jon Kitna keep this mindset when it comes to accountability: “Totally understandable, but totally unacceptable.”
  2. You must be completely transparent with your accountability bro. This is SO crucial. If you can’t completely open up and tell that person EVERYTHING that you have done wrong and are going through, then they can’t truly hold you accountable for your sins and shortcomings. 
In Proverbs 27:17 it says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” It is using the analogy that if iron can sharpen iron, man can hold man accountable, and ultimately make them sharper. 
I can tell you from a personal point of view that having an accountability partner makes all of the difference in the world. Not only can they hold you accountable, but do you realize how great it feels to talk about your struggles and get them off of your chest?
Just remember, living the Christian lifestyle is a “we” thing, not a “me” thing. 
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