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The Importance of Accountability

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Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16

Making yourself accountable to others isn’t easy a lot of the time, is it? Most men seem to have a touch of “rugged individualism” in them, and they’d rather handle their struggles on their own. Besides being rugged, if they’re honest, most of them have some hidden, personal sins they’d rather not reveal to even their best friends.

Today’s verse, however, shows that this is exactly the wrong approach to living an overcoming life for Christ. The apostle James challenges all men to come clean with one another and confess their sins—even those sins they might not be comfortable divulging. This is a great piece of wisdom for Christian men. First of all, life experience can teach you that most men won’t be shocked when you confess a sin you feel is holding you back in your walk with Jesus. On the contrary, you just might find that your brothers are struggling with a similar sin.

Even more important, however, is that confessing your sins to your brothers allows them to know how to pray for and with you so that you can find lasting freedom. And it also helps you to become accountable to those who love you and want you to overcome.

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