2 Corinthians 5:10 – “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” NKJV
Galatians 6:5 – “For each one shall bear his own load.” NKJV
Proverbs 28:13 – “He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” NKJV
The Bible makes it perfectly clear that we are not pawns to some providence or outside circumstance and that God does and will hold us accountable for our individual actions. Each of us will stand before God and give account for our lives. We will give an account for what we have committed and omitted in life. Sometimes our sin of omissions is as great, or greater, than our sin of commission.
We have an assignment in life or assignments in life and have a responsibility or responsibilities to perform. If we are parents, the training of our children in the way they should go is an awesome responsibility that we will answer to God for our success or failure on that front. In our interpersonal dealings with others, whether that falls into the category of business, social interaction, or some other arena we will give account. We will give an account as to our witness via our words as well as our demonstrated lives. We will not be able to blame society, our environment, our parents, the church, the government, or anything else. We will own our lives at that point and God will accept no excuses. He has given us the guidebook by which to live and if we have ignored it or tried to over analyze it or intellectualize it we do so to our peril.
I have discovered that some of the greatest victories of my life were those times when I stood, as a man, and took responsibility for my actions. I’ve seen that turn hearts to God and diffuse volatile situations that could have escalated into church splits or even physical violence. I’ve seen hard men broken when they heard me admit my failure and accept responsibility in an attitude of repentance and humility. I’ve seen families restored when this action is taken. I’ve seen estranged relationships in long term friendships restored through this action.
My brothers and sisters in Christ – WE ARE RESPONSIBLE and ACCOUNTABLE for our actions and attitudes, so refuse to blame anything else and just man up. It will prove to be liberating even if it is not accepted by those wounded in the process leading up to your acknowledgment. You will be free like never before!
May God be with you as you go through your day! Blessings abundantly!