Why do we need Biblical Accountability?
The Bible tells us that we will all give an account of himself to God (Romans 14:12). Accountability is a “check and balance” to help us in our walk with God. In the same way, we should carry each other’s burdens, thus fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2). Personal accountability with fellow Christians is helpful in maintaining and strengthening a healthy Christian lifestyle (Ecclesiastes 4:12). Accountability also helps us rebuke each other lovingly, which leads to daily repentance.
David and Jonathan
David and Jonathan’s friendship brought them closer to God, not towards each other. “Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God,” 1 Samuel 23:16. In other words, Biblical Accountability is about friendship and helping the other person fulfill God’s plan. True victory is only possible at the cross of Christ.
Hur, Aaron, and Moses
In Exodus 17:8-16, Hur and Aaron holds the arms of Moses and keep it raised as they watch on top of a hill the fight going on between the Israelites and the Amalekites. Doing so had divine implications. It was a symbol of teamwork. Each time Moses gets tired and lowers his arms, the Israelites would lose the fight. In this situation, we see surrender, prayer, praising, claiming, and victory. Moses was a prophet, yet he needed help from others.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up
Important Bible verses for accountability
2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
2 Peter 3:14
So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him
2 Corinthians 1:10
Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead these people, for who is able to govern these great people of yours?”
Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty, of man, for God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them fails, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lies down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.
But select capable men from all the people men who fear God
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.
I Corinthians 2:13
This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
“I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the Day of Judgment.”
If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”
Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others.
He who walks with the wise grows wise but a companion of fools suffers harm.
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.
“Each one of us will give an account of himself to God.”
God “will give to each person according to what he has done.
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