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Still Dreaming - Love Makes Sacrifices

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Day 28 - Round 2
Love Makes Sacrifices

I looked back and I didn't post anything for Day 28 in Round 1.

I honestly tried to remember what I did and I cannot.
Reading thorugh the Love Dare Book it talks about being there for your spouse in times of need.  I would gladly do that, but since we are apart, and when I offered to be there for her in the past I was rejected.

I actually did fulfill this need, knowing it was coming up.
I left my car for her to use while I was out of town.
It actually became an incombvenience for me due to having to carpool.
And also having to walk a bit after returning the company rental.

I even offered it to her beofre the trip and she asked about it the day before.  She even almost backed out of it when it may have become inconvenient for me.

I can see she still cares about me.  When she called on Sunday to discuss the bills, her main concern was not putting me in a financial bind.

She called me, but was talking to someone else at that moment, so part of it hurt, could it have been J.

I don't know, but love is supposed to believe the best so I tried to put it out of my mind.

I still struggle a lot, but I am gettting so many signs from God.

Obedience, Courage, Patience....

So I leave with the Verse and Devotional.

Hebrews 10:35-36 GNTA
35  Do not lose your courage, then, because it brings with it a great reward.
36  You need to be patient, in order to do the will of God and receive what he promises.

Psalm 16:11
11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Accountability Is Scriptural

James 5:13-16
13  Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.  14  Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; 15  and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

There are plenty of biblical directives about making ourselves accountable to one another. But for many, the idea of revealing personal information seems restrictive or even an invasion of privacy. Such confession seems a hindrance to the pursuit of pleasure, prosperity, and prestige. Most people prefer to keep to themselves and not involve others in their business.

The Bible, however, makes it clear that Christians are to support each other in this regard: "Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed" (James 5:16).

Accountability in the body of Christ is a biblical principle. Church members take direction from their pastor (Heb. 13:17). Paul tells us to be subject one to another (Eph. 5:21). Yet he was answerable to the church (Acts 14:27), just as Timothy was subordinate to him (1 Tim. 4:13-16). The apostles were certainly under the authority of Jesus (Luke 10), even as Jesus was subject to the Father (John 8:28-29). Of course, the Bible tells us that the whole church is obedient to the Lord Jesus Christ (Eph. 5:24). Regardless of one's position, everybody is accountable to somebody. And this holds true for the entire family of faith--from the congregation to the ministers to Jesus Himself, who served God the Father.

People avoid accountability for various reasons, including pride, ignorance, fear, and self-reliance. This is a dangerous approach to life. Our Enemy knows our weaknesses and how to exploit them. But we can prevail with the support of friends. There is strength in the body of Christ.

  • Accountablility is extremely important. And here on this site it has become a problem from time to time. People will want us to appease them and give them justification to their ways thoughts and actions, and when we point out where they are controlling or going outside the dares etc, they become offended. But at the same time we as Christians are only to judge those that are claiming to be or are Christians. For accountability.

    Now all accountability needs to be prayed on. Because the enemy certainly can bring confusion and other influential means to steer us in ways that pull us away from Christ and our walk. But remember the enemy has already been beaten...

  • Sean, I agree holding each other accountable, so that we can help lead them to Christ.  If not us, then who.  We are also the support that we don't get from others, since our view of marriage is not the accepted norm for the world.  

    So we hold each other accountable when we stray and we support each other when we do as God intends.  Love this site and the people on it.  I pray for everyone on here that God's will be done in their life.

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