The word “accountability” puts a bad taste in the mouths of many Christians.
It makes us think of accountability groups, which can not only be awkward but are often havens of legalism. Self-directed personal accountability is often lumped in with this and suffers from these same issues.
But I think that most people don’t understand the beauty and the purpose of accountability.
Accountability is not about punishing yourself. Accountability is not about motivating good behavior by making bad behavior as guilt-inducing as possible.
Instead, accountability is about seeing yourself correctly – it’s your chance to see the truth.