I grew up in a “rule keeping” church. It was pretty clear that if I didn’t do certain things I could find favor with GOD. So I tried. And tried. But …
I can’t do anything to “win” God’s love. It is free. It is a gift. I didn’t earn it.
Jesus, our Master, paid the price to win it for me. It is that straightforward. That is what “grace” means. It is a gift. I can’t do anything to get access to it.
My relationship with God is a gift. I can’t earn it. No amount of Church attendance will get me right with God. No amount of rule keeping.
God is good. He always loves me and is kind to give me a place at the table as one of His children.
“Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then the Messiah died unnecessarily.” ~Apostle Paul
Source: Galatians 2:21