“But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” 1 Cor. 12:24-26
“Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:1-3
This week, Pastor Sam Kim spoke about accountability. Fundamentally, accountability is about integrity and the idea that what you do in private should match what you do in public. It is easy for believers to get bogged down in sin in parts of their lives where the light of confession has not shone.
We are given the command in the Scriptures to support each other as one body. However, keeping someone accountable or trying to support someone struggling with sin can easily turn into judging that person. Unless you know your motive is love and nothing but love, you should check yourself before approaching another believer. Conducting accountability from the wrong place can destroy people and relationships.
As a body we are called to stick together until Jesus comes again. Let us do everything it takes to maintain the unity of the body, to only act out of love, and not be afraid to carry each other's burdens.