As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” Proverbs 27:1
Referencing yesterday’s blog, the second element found in the definition of accountability is “pre-determined expectation.” By being responsible for an action, there’s an assumption that the action is tied to an expectation of what your behavior should be. As a counselor, my behaviors are guided by the professional code of ethics. When someone hires me, the assumption is that I will be an ethical counselor. For instance, I will respect the dignity and welfare of my clients. I will avoid harm and will maintain client confidentiality. As a person with a Christian faith, the expectation is that I will behave like Christ, loving others and not passing judgment (Ephesians 5).
Food and sugar addiction seems so tiny compared to other forms of addiction and sin. So what if I’m fat and don’t feel good?!? But the reality is that God created a need in each of us that only HE can fill. Food, wine, sex, money – none of these things, in and of themselves, are bad. It’s when we lose self-control and allow the appetite for more self-indulgence to move us from a state of contentment to a state of gluttony that we fall into sin. The lie is that self-indulged obesity is not a sin! The truth is that self-indulgence, in any form a gluttony and greed, is a sin! I’m not saying that everyone who is overweight is a sinner. What I am saying is that I have to stop making excuses for gluttony (overeating) and toxic choices (high sugar/low nutrition). It’s time to break free from this stronghold!
One of the best ways to build support, maintain accountability and defend yourself from falling prey to the enemy (and falling prey to yourself) is to be in fellowship with other believers. God calls us to be the church. We are to love and support one another through accountability and fellowship. This world can be tough. There are many trials and tribulations to endure. Temptations come at us from every direction. In a time when debt and obesity are the norm, society tells us to keep expanding the boundaries to allow for more of what our flesh desires. This is the opposite of what the Bible teaches. When we remain grafted to the vine and have accountability partners that are grounded in the same faith we can overcome the temptations.
Writing this section has made me see that I MUST form or join an accountability group that will walk with me through this stronghold.