Lord God, we confess that we are justified and saved not by our deeds, by through faith. This teaching is offensive to the world, which regards faith as the soft pillow for a life of sin. Lead us to prove with our lives that the world is dearly mistaken. Let the world see in us that true faith is not dead or powerless – but that it transforms, cleanses, and sanctifies the human heart. Let us not abuse our justification as opportunity to sin, but rather to take every opportunity for loving you and neighbor.
Grant us true repentance for our sins. Help us, by your grace, to rebuild what we have torn down; all for the sake of Christ, our Mediator and Advocate – AMEN.