What is accountability to God?
For every action there is a reaction. This is not just a paradigm of physics, but a Biblical law (Galatians 6:7) that accompanies all our actions. Whatever kind of action we take, it will affect our lives in some way. Human attitudes reveal character and generate consequences, even if the result is not the most expected.
The Bible says that:
- A tree is known by its fruits (Luke 6:44)
- Evil deeds come from the human heart (Matthew 15:19)
- We will be accountable to God for what we do (Hebrews 4:13)
- All sins, whether big or small, have consequences and punishments depending on their severity. And the worst of these consequences is separation from God, eternal death. Generally speaking, the Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death, but God freely offers eternal life in Jesus (Romans 6:23).
The consequences of mistakes are different and some very serious ones can lead to death (1 John 5:16-17). From the beginning, with the entry of sin into the world, man became inclined to sin, thereby obtaining payment for his misconduct. Abandoning God, transgressing His Laws and living in one's own (inconsequential) way are some of the worst decisions of human beings.
On the other hand, good attitudes can be a reflection of a heart regenerated by God. When we allow the Lord to rule our lives, He transforms our interior and consequently our attitudes are also improved. The Bible says that the children of God were made for good works (Ephesians 2:10), so with Jesus we can reject the evil inclination and seek to do good things.
You recognize that you did and do things wrong? Bear the consequences of what you have already done. Repent and ask God for forgiveness. He loves you and is faithful to forgive (1 John 1:9). Our bad attitudes are a sign of a stained heart that needs God. With the Lord's help, by looking to the Bible for guidance, you will achieve a changed heart and renewed mind (Romans 12:2), which will propel you to do God's will. Only then will you be able to act better and have good consequences in life. Take that step right now and seek to have new and valuable attitudes with God.
What does the Bible say about being accountable for your deeds on earth?
2 Corinthians 5:11 For we (Christians) must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive good or evil, according to what he has done in the body.
Revelation 20:11-15 Then I saw a great white throne and him (Jesus Christ) who sat upon it; from his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Also another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, by what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead in them, and all were judged by what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire; and if any one's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
So all people, Christian and non-Christian has to account for their actions done during their life on earth.