I really like Paul’s reminder here in Romans chapter 9:
30 What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. 32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone.
Are we living our lives as though we can earn our way through works? That is the same way the old leaders of Israel lived – hypocrites of the law.
Or are we relying on the grace of God that causes a changed heart?
When someone has truly forgiven us, isn’t our natural inclination to feel indebted to that person? It causes a change in our own heart thanks to THEIR actions, not our own. We change, not because they have a notebook where they are tallying our good deeds or misdeeds, but because they have forgiven us for our past wrongs.
And yet, God’s grace is never ending. There is nothing we can do to separate ourselves from the love of Christ. Nothing.