The longer we walk down the road with Christ, the more we understand what it means to put our trust in Him. Despite our best intentions, it does not take long to realize we simply cannot determine in our hearts to live righteous lives. Our best striving and efforts fall short of God's glory.
Fortunately, there is hope. In the magnificence of creation, we see one detail that cannot escape us: God created us for relationship. Verse after verse, chapter after chapter, we read about the relationships of people bent on following God. We see their triumphs as well as their failures, and we learn some valuable lessons.
If we truly desire to live with integrity, we must find trusted friends who will walk alongside us and hold us accountable.
One such valuable lesson is that we need people who will hold us accountable. No matter how determined we are to make the right decision in every case, we are bound to falter at some point. And when we know that we do not have to answer to anyone in person, it becomes more comfortable to ease into what is convenient for us, even if it means we are compromising our integrity.
If we truly desire to live with integrity, honoring God in everything we say and do, we must find trusted friends who are willing to walk alongside us and hold us accountable for our actions. These people will be instrumental in our growth as believers. They will help us move to new depths in our faith with Jesus Christ, and they will love us regardless of the flaws in our lives.
Prayer: Lord, show me people in my life who can help me be accountable for my actions as I seek to honor You with all that I am. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up" (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).
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