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Accountability - A Biblical Principle


 Editor    Aug 28 : 17:27
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This is a word that for many of us brings an immediate unpleasant reaction.

AccountabilityThis is a word that for many of us brings an immediate unpleasant reaction. Accountability, that means someone will be checking up on me to make sure I did what i said I would do. When I was using the last thing I wanted was someone following up on me that I was fulfilling my obligations. I liked things to remain hazy.

I had often said that I was going to stop using, that this drug was not in control of me but that I was still very much in control. Having no accountability and having to answer to no one meant that I could make any promises to myself that I wished. The only person keeping me "honest" was me and I knew i was in control.


In recovery, accountability is key. In fact i would go so far as to say that Total Recovery is not possible without having accountability in your life. Accountability is very much a spiritual principle.

Hebrews 4:13 tells us
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

God is expecting an accounting from us as to what we did with what he gave us. How much more do we need accountability from one another to ensure we will be ready.

In another scripture, 1 Peter 4: 4-6 says
They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you. But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.

This responsibility to give an account is so important that it is behind the need for the Gospel to be preached in the first place!
Some in recovery abuse accountability as a way to shift blame for failure off them and onto the person keeping them accountable. Accountability is always our responsibility. We must seek accountability from those who know and love us and will not fold when having to tell us what we need to hear when it conflicts with what we want to hear.
What is getting in the way of you allowing accountability in all the areas of your life? What are you willing to do about it?


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