As an accountability partner, you need to take sin and grace seriously. That is, you need to know when to confront and rebuke sin and when to show grace and give hope.
Your partner will have successes and failures along the way. When there are failures, where is the balance between taking sin seriously and taking grace seriously?
Before you decide how to respond, remember that you should act in the best interests of your partner. How might you best serve them in love?
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8)
You can love your partner by covering their sin in two ways: confronting sin or overlooking sin.
Deal with sin as it needs to be dealt with, but always be motivated by love. Focus on the good goal to be achieved.
Avoid reacting to a single instance of failure. Take a broader look and put their present failure in its proper context. Instead of acting based on a snapshot of their life, look at the long story to see your partner’s patterns and directions.
Deal with sin as it needs to be dealt with, but always be motivated by love.
Discern how best to help your partner by considering the following kind of questions:
You wouldn’t want to be judged by one act but would plead for others to keep it in perspective with your overall practice. Show the same consideration to your partner.
Always seek to show grace and give hope. But you should also know when to confront and rebuke sin in a redemptive way.
Through the whole process of helping others, you should be motivated by love. Do your very best as an accountability partner and encourage your partner toward success.