Monday, June 05, 2006

Accountability Training Needed By All

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" In the matter of accountability, we should all admit and commit to one simple truth: we think we don't need it, but we need it desperately. Train yourself to be a person who welcomes counsel--you have the promise of the Word of God that your life will be blessed if you do. Don't let your flesh tell you that you don't need to be corrected or that your opinions are always right. Understand that discernment and wisdom come through the instruction we receive from one another. And take Solomon's warning seriously. Nothing brings turmoil into your life and the lives of others quickly than your stubborn refusal to humble yourself when reproved. Receiving counsel honors God and brings peace; refusing counsel dishonors Him and makes a mockery of what He tells us in Scripture."............. Dr. J.E. Bordwine

I. A Person Who Holds Themselves Accountable:


A. Loves Discipline - Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid. (Pro. 12:1)

B. Heeds Instruction - He is on the path of life who heeds instruction, but he who ignores reproof goes astray.Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life. (Pro. 4:13)

C.Listens To Counsel - The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel. (Pro. 12:15)

Oil and perfume make the heart glad, so a man's counsel is sweet to his friend. (Pro. 27:9)



II. Rebuke Works For People Of Understanding


A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding than a hundred blows into a fool. (Pro. 17:10)

For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; and reproofs for discipline are the way of life... (Pro. 6:23)


For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,



III. Accountability A Matter Of Parental Training -

A. Warnng To Child -

My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord or loathe his reproof, for whom the lord loves he reproves, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.


(Pro. 3:11, 12)A fool rejects his father's discipline, but he who regards reproof is sensible.

(Pro. 15:5)Take my instruction and not silver, and knowledge rather than choicest gold.


(Pro. 8:10)The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.

(Pro. 29:15)Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days. (Pro. 19:20)

(Pro 13:24) Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.

(Pro 19:18) Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death.(Pro 22:15) Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.

(Pro 23:13) Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die.

(Pro 29:17) Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.


IV. Neglecting Discipline Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline, but he who regards reproof will be honored. (Pro. 13:18)


He who neglects discipline despises himself, but he who listens to reproof acquires understanding. (Pro. 15:32)


Cease listening, my son, to discipline, and you will stray from the words of knowledge. (Pro. 19:27)

A man who hardens his neck after much reproof will suddenly be broken beyond remedy. (Pro. 29:1)

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