Being Accountable to Each Other

He who listens to reproof acquires understanding. Proverbs 15:32

Chuch Swindoll points out that people who are accountable usually have four qualities:
Vulnerability—capable of being wounded, shown to be wrong, even admitting it before being confronted.
Teachability—a willingness to learn, being quick to hear and respond to reproof, being open to counsel.
Availability—accessible, touchable, able to be interrupted.
Honesty—committed to the truth regardless how much it hurts, a willingness to admit the truth no matter how difficult or humiliating the admission may be. Hating all that is phony or false.

That’s a tough list! We can always use someone to hold us accountable. Sometimes an objective opinion will reveal a blind spot. Sometimes we may simply need a sounding board to help keep us on target.

Just remember—not one of us is an island. We need one another.
We need to be reminded what scripture tells us;

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone.
If he listens to you,  you have gained your brother.
  Matthew 18:15-17

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:1-2

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16

Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:25

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Pastor/Teacher at Grace Bible Church in Redwood City, CA since 1998.
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