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We all need someone in our corner who we can confide in when life gets tough. Accountability can look different depending on the situation, but the aim is to take responsibility for our actions so we can be freed from the sins that are holding us back. In this episode, Seth Williams chats with AJ Selby and Casey Wilson about the importance of Godly friendships that keep us accountable.
Accountability is a relatively new concept in our culture. Most of us would prefer to hide our shortcomings, but we won’t find true healing until we are willing to open up and be vulnerable with someone we trust.
“Every man wants to share his victories, but not every man wants to share his struggles or his weaknesses.” — Seth Williams
James 5:16 says, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” We hear so many stories of leaders’ moral failures, and usually, this is a result of a belief that they can go it alone. Pride is one of the enemy’s main tactics that keeps us from seeking out accountability.
Shame is another hindrance, and too often it is the motivator for behavioral change, rather than the grace and love of Jesus. The body of Christ has a reputation for being legalistic and harsh toward those who mess up, and that is why the world doesn’t recognize the unconditional love of the Father in our lives.
Restoration is an important part of the accountability process. When we look at the life of David in the Old Testament, we see that he fell, he suffered consequences, and he was restored.
“Though a righteous person falls seven times, he will get up …” — Proverbs 24:16
There is danger in isolation. When you cut yourself off from the pack, that is when you become susceptible to attack. In today’s society, there is a notion that we’re not isolated because we’re digitally connected, but this is a false sense of community. What we need are real-life, in-person, face-to-face conversations in order to build meaningful relationships.
In some situations, we may find it difficult to confess our struggles to someone we know personally. In this case, a good first step would be to seek out a trusted pastor or licensed therapist who can help you renew your mind and get back on the right path.
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