The dictionary says-being liable, answerable. Holding someone accountable or responsible. In Romans 14:12 every one of us will have to give account of himself to God. Proverb 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpenth the countenance of his friend. Just as the iron needs sharping when it gets dull therefore people as humans need to be reignited set on fire again to know that they are being renewed when they get down and feel that they're not worthy. As one of Gods children you have to continue to uplift them when they're down and need to be lifted up. Also in Galatians 6 it talks about being overtaken by fault, such as in the spirit, but needs to be restored and its meekness because as humans we are tempted with things and we may need someone to help us along to get us back on track is where we made backslide and we have to be turned around to get back on track. This is where we need a prayer partner whom we can trust that will help us when we fall down, so we can get back up to serve God.
Webster's New World College Dictionary defines accountability as " being obliged to account for one's acts" or to be " responsible " for one's actions. When this word is applied to the spiritual aspect of one's persona it refers to what is charged to or expected of the person by God, by others, and by himself regarding ownership of his attitude, behavior, and action as a Christian believer. Whether or not he accepts that he is accountable does not nullify the fact that he is accountable.
The Bible's view on the importance of accountability can be ascertained by establishing when the Bible deems that one should be held accountable, by analyzing the situations in which biblical characters were considered to be accountable, and by examining citations in the Bible that inform, remind, and warn about accountability.
The expectation for accountability is governed by certain criteria. Consideration should be given to the age and the mental ability of an individual to comprehend the Christian principles and laws set forth by God. In Nehemiah 8 :2-3, Ezra read the Book of Law of Moses to the men, to the women, and to the children who were considered old enough to understand the Law and their responsibility to the Law. They were informed that a lack of adherence to the Law would be met with punishment from God, as well as from their peers.
While one's age, in conjunction with his understanding, is a key factor in ascertaining whether or not he understands and can act in a responsible manner, it is also important that the person be spiritually mature.This was not the case with Achan , in Joshua 7 : 1-26 , who was found guilty of stealing from God and was held accountable for his criminal actions. God commanded that he and his family be stoned to death and that their bodies be burned.
Indeed, it is true that the sins of the father are visited upon his family , especially his children. Two cases in the Bible support this fact. In I Samuel 3 :7 , Eli and his family of priests did not serve God properly because they did not follow His instructions. God warned Eli that judgment was coming upon his family because his sons blasphemed God and Eli did not correct them. God refused to forgive them and held them accountable for their actions. He promised them that they would die before they reached old age and that each of their children would " die a violent death ". The second instance also involved the children in a family paying for the sins of a family member. In 2 Samuel 12 : 1-15 , David was cautioned by Nathan about murdering Uriah an stealing his wife. He told David that God held him accountable and that his family would " live by the sword ". Nathan said that the Lord would cause David's household to suffer and indeed they did. His baby died, his daughter ( Tamar ) was raped by her half brother ( Amnon ) , her full brother ( Absalom ) killed the rapist, and then he rebelled against David to take the throne.
When the Lord calls one to accountability He is serious. He has written in His Word what is to be done and not done ; He has sent prophets to exhort messages to do what is right, to remind people that they are accountable to do what God has required, and to warn them of the consequences of their sinful behavior.
In Ezekiel, the prophet warned the Israelites that God was holding them accountable for their disobedience and that His judgment was to destroy Jerusalem. Another prophet, Micah , informed the leaders and priests in Israel and Judah that they should know right from wrong. He told them that God was going to hold them accountable for their actions.
Jesus, Himself, extended warnings about accountability. He told the Pharisees that they would have to " give an account on judgment day for every idle word " they spoke ( Matt. 12 :36 ). He explained to them that a person's words could either acquit or condemn him , but that either way he was still held accountable for what he said. Jesus , also addressed the issue of financial accountability- good stewardship over possessions. In His " Parable of the Servants " , the lesson strongly admonished the improper use of one's resources and warned that everyone is accountable to be a good steward.
Indeed, accountability is important in all aspects of a person's life. In the secular world he is expected to do what is proper and correct or face the consequences for his action or inaction. However, on a spiritual level, it is even more imperative that he be in compliance with the laws and principles of God. For God will hold him accountable and judge him accordingly. He rewards those who read His Word, listen to His messages from others , and elect to do what is right. He also punishes those who disregard His exhortations and choose to do wrong.
As James 1 ; 13-15 reminds the believer, accountability is truly important because " God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the cro
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