Relationships 101: Accountability

Accountability is something our society, and sadly even a growing population of Christians, has lost. Marriages fall apart, people lose their jobs, and reputations are ruined all because people fail to take responsibility for their own actions. Several questions and ideas have flooded my mind about this, and I’ve found that I have more questions than answers. Feel free to leave your input in the comments below. I can use them.

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.~ Colossians 3:16

If you have grown up in a Christian home I bet you have heard this passage many times. We often use this passage to emphasize singing in a worship setting, but I’d like to focus on one single word we often overlook. Admonish is not a word we use in everyday language but in this passage it has a profound effect on how Christians should live their lives. This word can mean one of two things according to Websters disctionary:

1. Warn or reprimand someone firmly.
2. Advise or urge (someone) earnestly.

This single word is one of the most unapplied words to our society, which is sad. We as Christians should hold all people accountable for their actions, because in the end all people will be accountable to God, no exclusions. We owe it to ourselves, to others, and to God to raise the standards when it comes to people being accountable. God without a doubt expects certain things from His children, the least we can do is help each other get there.

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