1. Accountability means: to give an explanation or answer concerning one’s conduct, to be responsible, answerable. To be submitted to a coach, trainer, teacher, overseer or parent for the sake of growth, development or productivity.
2. Accountability is a willful, submissive role that each believer takes with a brother or sister in the body. It is born out of a desire to go on to perfection and to mature it is usually pursued to the degree that you are overcoming fear of man and rejection. By willful and submissive means no one can make you be accountable, rather this is where you come and admit you that desire help in a certain area of your life. As a part of that help, you will talk to me frequently and report on your progress or lack of progress. You will ask for counsel and advice, initially and then often thereafter.
BENEFITS OF ACCOUNTABILITY
1 Strong friends can keep you pure/free from sin.
We all need someone close enough that they can confront us, hold our feet to the fire of purity in thoughts and actions…someone you trust enough to let them say things that are painful but beneficial. Mostly we want to avoid pain, but in the friend realm it could a foolish mistake. We also interpret truthful/painful speech as rejection. This too must be overcome. It might be the highest form of love. If you are married, let your spouse play out this role without offense. If they are unable, seek out that person who can.
Prov 27:17 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.
2. Strong friends draw the best from you.
Often we think of accountability in terms of keeping us from sin, and if the snare of sin is not a problem we think it need not apply to us. We need to expand our definition to include counsel that brings course correction, keeping us from missing our highest potential.
Exodus 18: 17 And Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you are doing is not good.
“You will surely wear out, both yourself and these people who are with you, for the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone. “Now listen to me: I shall give you counsel, and God be with you…” (bold added)
3 Strong friends perfect (refine and challenge) your plans.
Prov.20: 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance. (NIV)
Proverbs 24:5,6 A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength; for waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers.