As I became a young man I was constantly tempted to have lots of wrong thoughts and often battled to keep my heart right. One of the greatest things that helped me in my struggles was my parents’ commitment to accountability. They were faithful to talk with each one of us children — if we were willing to share honestly and openly with them — to maintain a clear conscience. I learned quickly that great freedom can be achieved by accountability but that deep accountability requires humility and openness. I often had failures in my early teenage years but I found that I had a clear conscience only when I was willing to confess my thoughts quickly to God and to my parents. (See 1 John 1:9).
May 22, 2015 at 11:24 AM EDT