We see our marriages are a mini-model for Christ and His church, we let our emotions be ruled by the fact that God is ruling all of creation for us, and we use this world’s temporal things in good stewardship as God has entrusted us.
We stand firm in the freedom Christ has won for us. Work-righteousness completely rejects Christ’s work, enslaves you to all the Law, and cuts you off from the vine of Christ. Works are the fruit of being debt free, so we stand firm in our freedom, eagerly await complete righteousness, and love God and your neighbor.
God calls you to work in His kingdom so that you may receive and share the blood of Christ, recognize the privilege of working in God’s kingdom, and be a steward of what God has and has not entrusted to you.
We must first privately take the responsibility upon by our self, then semi-privately we take the responsibility upon ourselves (a couple of brothers and/or sisters in Christ), and finally we publicly take the responsibility upon the congregation
We have all been given mercy in order to serve God; this mercy is given to us even while we are sinning by election — not because we have earned or deserved it, but because God planned it for us.