Be Accountable

“As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” Proverbs 27:17

A body that is deficient in iron will cause one to become physically weak. Likewise, a friendship that is iron deficient, where no one is being sharpened, will also become weak. People may fear to upset you or hurt your feelings, but a real friend that truly loves you would much rather make you upset and please God instead of appeasing you.

Accountability is not bossing people around and telling your friend what to do with her life. It is encouraging her to do what God has already instructed her to do in His Word. You are not only helping each other stay out of sin, but helping one another move forward into being all that God created you to be.

You will never grow on an island isolated away from people. Nor will you grow if you surround ourselves only with those that tell you what you want to hear. You need people that get up under your skin and irritate you, and those who encourage you to grow and mature. Not “yes” people, but a friend who feels personally responsible for helping you reach your full potential and fulfill God’s plan and purpose for your life.

Sharpen your friends, and let them sharpen you. There will be sparks, but you will be a better person and your friendship will be stronger.

Prayer: Father God, I need more iron in my life. I pray that you send true friends that will not appease me but will sharpen me and help me be all that you called me to be. Help me also to be iron for others, someone who knows how to hold people accountable without fear, but from a place of love and humility. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Read Hebrews 10:24)

Dear Friend

“And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them” Luke 6:31, ESV.

Today, I challenge you to give people the benefit of the doubt. As much as you may want to get on every small thing that someone does to you, I challenge you to be patient and give people room to make mistakes. Before you rush to conclude someone doesn’t care for you, think of all that they have going on in their lives and all you’ve been through with them. Before you rush to conclude, God is not on your side, think about all Jesus went through to show you He cares a great deal. Look at your hands. Look at your feet. You’re alive.

It’s time to get a grip on reality and see situations for what they really are, not just how you want them to be. In a perfect world, people act how they’re supposed to act, but that’s not reality. We live in a fallen world, and without Jesus, we are only out to protect and preserve self. We all need Jesus to teach us how to love, how to live, and how to respond like Him. It’s going to be alright. Keep your bearings about you. Keep your head. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus, and you will stay in peace. Let Him help you believe the best of people and see their heart.

Prayer: Father God, thank you for comforting and encouraging me. Help me see people’s heart, not just their actions. Help me not to be so critical and judgmental. Help me to process situations right. Help me, Lord, to treat others the way I want to be treated. Help me to give people the benefit of the doubt. I want you to be glorified in my life, but I know I have to humble myself and yield to you. So I do that now. Help me, Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.