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“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16)
These past two Sundays, we have taken a sobering look at David’s slide from his status as a King after God’s heart to a man who could covet and sleep with another man’s wife and then have that man murdered. After David’s confession, we saw the incredible, undeserved grace of God shown to David, but also the terrible consequences that came about in David’s life, family, and nation as a result of his choices. One of the clear applications that comes from reading such a passage is the necessity of accountability. After all, even David would not have repented unless God had sent Nathan to confront him about what he had done.
Having said that, I know that despite this clear warning about what we are capable of, many of you still don’t have anyone to whom you are accountable. You don’t have anyone who knows your struggles, anyone that you would call up to confess to or to ask for prayer. Or, you have such a person in your life, but you still resist being completely honest with them.
If the accountability of a friend can save us from doing something that would devastate our lives or the lives of those we love, then why do we resist it? I can think of three reasons:
The warning is clear, and the application is simple: find someone you trust and be honest with them about your struggles. Ask them to hold you accountable: to ask you the hard questions, to be there for you when you are in trouble, to pray for you, and to remind you of God’s grace when you fail.
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