Today's Devotional Thought
May 09, 2013 by Rachel Piferi
Do you have someone in your life who you would consider your accountability friend? Someone who you respect and trust and who helps you grow in your Christian walk?
I believe having an accountability friend is very important in our daily Christian walk. An accountability friend provides you support, encouragement, comfort, and most importantly motivation to act in the way that we are called to act. This person holds us accountable for our actions and spurs us to be everything we should be in our Christian walk. Finding someone who can fulfill this role in your life is very important and this relationship is one that should be prayerfully entered.
If you do not have an accountability friend, someone who sharpens you and motivates you to live as Jesus instructed, then I urge you to pray that the Lord reveal to you someone who could fulfill this role. And, as you are looking for this person, consider the following characteristics that I believe are important to find in your accountability friend.
~ Your accountability friend should be another woman who is equally strong as, or even a little stronger than, you in your faith. If you are going to rely on someone to help you live your life as Jesus lived, then you must have someone in your life who knows what that standard is. She should know the teachings of Jesus and the themes of the Bible that guide us and direct us.
~ Your accountability friend should be someone whom you trust. You should be able to trust this person with your flaws and weaknesses. You should be able to open up to them freely with no fear that they will share this information with others. You should trust them with all of the contents of your heart.
~ Your accountability friend should be someone who will not judge you when you stumble. Friends, I have startling news for you today: you will stumble. You will make mistakes and you will fall short of the standards that Jesus dictated that we live to. But, you should not let your stumbling keep you from continuing to strive to live as Jesus did. Your accountability friend needs to extend grace to you when you do stumble and realize that your heart is striving after the Lord even if your sinful body stumbles every now and then.
~ Your accountability friend should be someone whom you respect. You must have a desire to not let them down and respect their wisdom and guidance when they offer it. Selecting someone who you respect and love will help you as you strive to live according to the Bible.
~ Your accountability friend should be full of love. A true accountability friend models Jesus’ love. And friends, when you find someone who loves like Christ loves, you’ll know it instantly. You will see it in her demeanor and in her reactions to other people. Christ’s love is readily apparent in people who embody it.
I once received a plaque from my accountability friend that said, “We all need someone who gives us the courage to be who we were meant to be.” And, in many ways, I see an accountability friend this way. She gives us the courage and motivation to be who we were meant to be in Christ. She is there to gently remind us when we waiver and gently steer us back to the right path. And she embodies Christ herself which is why you seek her advice and guidance on your own behaviors.
I pray that you have an accountability friend today. And, if you do not, then I urge you to pray that the Lord reveal to you someone who can be that friend. Look for someone with the characteristics above and even more importantly, strive to be someone with those characteristics. I believe as you become this type of friend, then the Lord will also send this person to you. And when you meet her, find small ways to encourage each other and sharpen each other in your Christian walks.