Galatians 6:1-3 (KJV)

1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

Many people object to the idea of accountability because they don’t see how other people’s actions are any of their business.

But the Bible insists that we in the body of Christ all have a responsibility to one another.

Paul taught that if a believer is caught in sin, the strong members of the church are to help shoulder the responsibility of the person’s sin. They are to work with the sinner to help him get back on track (see Gal. 6:1-3).

This implies that our sin is other people’s business, and conversely, their sin becomes part of our responsibility.

Nowhere in Scripture are we told that our sin is something between us and God.

It’s important to remember that in an accountability relationship , you are not responsible for how a person responds to you, however you are responsible to tell the truth and then to continue to love the person through whatever process that they happen to be experiencing.

People may end their relationship with you; they may end or change the nature of your friendship; however it is of vital importance that as a believer in Christ that you firmly stand by the truth. Over time, this can be the difference between helping one another in their times of trial or apathetically standing by while watching a person continue to struggle with the challenges at hand.

As we go about our days, remember that we are responsible to others within the body of Christ to bear one another’s sins and help extend a helping hand to assist them in addressing their challenges.

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