Excerpt from Chapter 7, Restoring Peace

Who are we accountable to?  Restoring Peace answers this question.

"Accountability means being answerable and implies a legal, moral, or other obligation to someone as though he is sitting in judgment and can in some way call you to account. You are accountable to someone when you have a duty to him or her. While responsibility is largely a matter of your own behavior and who you are, accountability is based on rules, expectations, or judgments by yourself and others about whether your actions are praiseworthy or blameworthy and who you are answerable to."

"Accountability may arise from a formal relationship, such as our obligations under the law or by specific, written contract. For example, we are answerable to the state to obey its laws and to a creditor to repay a loan. More often, however, accountability is informal, based on relationships and unstated expectations of those you care about or love and those who care about or love you. You are being accountable when you accept responsibility for your actions and recognize your obligation to make things right with those who have a legitimate expectation of you."

"Accountability flows from responsibility. A person is not accountable if he is not responsible, but is likely to be accountable if he is responsible: if he caused a conflict, a problem, or a crime. You are generally accountable for what you are responsible for (some exceptions are discussed below), and others are accountable for what they are responsible for. Thus, several people may be accountable in any situation if their actions helped cause it."

Read more about Restoring Peace, the book used in the Bridges To Life curriculum.

Excerpts from the book include:

Seeing confession as the first step toward restitution.

A discussion of the importance of repentance.

A discussion of the importance of forgiveness.

Seeing how reconciliation precedes restitution.

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