I have often told my children that real friends don’t agree with everything that you do or say. If someone is in agreement with you at all times no matter right or wrong or consequences then they aren’t your true friends. A true friend will correct you when you are wrong and be there to help steer you in the right direction. In the faith world, we call them accountability partners.
Every person needs an accountability partner; Someone that you can call when you are tempted into committing a sinful act that can help you; Someone that you can confess your sins to without being judged and they will pray with you as you confess them to the Father and ask for forgiveness. An accountability partner will help sharpen you, just as the Bible speaks of iron sharpening iron. They will help you regain your strength when you are weak and be there for you when you need a shoulder to cry on. They will point out to you the things in your life that you are doing wrong and where you need improvement, but most of all they will be our biggest cheerleader when we have overcome a battle or obstacle.
You may be saying that you don’t need that type of person in your life and that you the Messiah is your accountability partner and that is wonderful. However, the word tells us in James 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” This powerful verse tells us that there is healing in confessing to other believers. It’s not easy sharing our secrets with someone and even harder is finding someone we can trust. However, once we let our pride go and trust in God to send us the person in our lives we need, then we will find ourselves becoming more honest not only with God, but with ourselves and others.
Love and Blessings,