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In biblical community, there must be accountability. We are held to shared beliefs and are to represent Jesus. We are to hold each other accountable in love and truth so that we can grow and mature in our faith and find healing in various areas of our lives. As James 5:16 says… 

“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”


Galatians 6:1 (ESV) says…

“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.”

As Christians, we are not to bring a brother's or sister's transgression to light publicly but rather confront them privately and with wisdom and guidance. 


Matthew 18:15-16 says…

“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.'”


Accountability might also look like confronting someone (with whom you have a close relationship) for a continued sin pattern, even if it does not directly affect you personally. Accountability also means holding ourselves accountable by confessing our sins to one another.

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