If you are a Christian, if you have called on the name of Christ, if you have repented and given your life to the Lord, then you are saved by grace, alone.
To live any other way is arrogant.
God saves sinners. Sinners cannot save themselves. There is nothing that we can do to earn redemption. It is something that is freely given and humbly received.
Stop trying to be a good Christian.
Stop your feeble attempts at cleaning up your sins.
Stop making lists of righteous acts and stop checking them off.
Stop reading your Bible because you're supposed to.
Stop going to church just because it's Sunday.
None of those things will make you cleaner. None of those things will put you in a better standing before God. None of things will get you into a higher level of heaven. None of those things will bring you joy.
Instead, live in grace. Live humbly, but boldly and in confidence. Allow God to transform your heart and your mind. Let him cleanse you and make you pure. He will take away your sins. Delight in Him. Enjoy His word.
Know that you are saved, not because of anything you do or will do, but because of the work of Christ on the cross. Allow that knowledge to move from your head to your heart. And then live like it.
There is freedom in Christ. There is freedom because of His grace.
I need this reminder today, and everyday.