It's All About Accountability

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By: Alyssa Avant

Genesis 4:7, “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it." (NIV)

Temptation. Sometimes it completely stares you in the face. You aren't sure what to do and you just wish you could for once not give into it. You may wonder, “How can I keep from giving into temptation, especially giving in to the same sin over and over again?”

When I was a teenager, I often gave in to the same sins over and over again. For instances, lying to my parents just got easier and easier as I did it. One little white lie led to another until there was no way I could untangle the web I had woven.

The one thing that saved me in high school from continuing to repeat the same sins was having good friends that I could trust and that would hold me accountable for my actions.
What does it mean to be held “accountable”? When you are held accountable, you are “subject to explanation.” You must, therefore, explain your actions. If your only reason for sinning is “the devil made me do it,” then you're going to be in big trouble.

In order to truly be held “accountable” you must be willing to be honest and to also be responsible for your actions.

It may sound a bit scary. It is extremely personal, but having a relationship with someone (or a few people) that you can trust and who will hold you accountable is a great way to stop giving in to those same temptations over and over again.

When looking for an accountability partner it is important to look for someone who:
  • Is the same gender. It’s better to share your struggles with another female. Having a guy for an accountability partner could be very dangerous!

  • Is close to you in age. This may not necessarily mean chronological age, but may also mean maturity level. We all mature at different speeds and you’ll want to take Christian maturity into account as well. You will need to be on the same level with this person.

  • Is trustworthy. You will need to be able to discuss personal issues with the person and be able to trust that they will keep them confidential.

  • Shares the same morals and beliefs. In order to be able to hold each other accountable you will have to have the same morals and beliefs. If you don’t believe in drinking alcohol but your accountability partner does, you won’t be able to truly be held accountable.

  • Will pray for you. James 5:16 says to “confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” Prayer makes a difference!

While an accountability partner cannot keep you from sinning, she will help you remember that you are striving to stay away from temptation and avoid sin, especially those that are difficult for you. Together, you and an accountability partner can be a great help to each other to keep each other on track and away from temptation.

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