Because of the strong focus on preaching works of the Law we have been made to believe that we do not deserve the favour of God until we have done what the Law demands.
This is clearly seen when we believe that we do not deserve what we need from God because we have not met a certain standard. The standard could be prayer, going to church, fasting, giving, walking in love, etc.
We live our lives as if we need God’s grace plus our works of the Law to receive from God. For an example, we believe that God will not protect us or provide for us because we did not pray enough in the morning, we were angry when someone did something we do not approve, we missed a church service, we did not give enough money at church, etc.
The question to ask ourselves now that we live under the new covenant is: since when did God’s promises become conditional to our performance against a standard of the Law and not only believing the promises because Jesus has made us qualify for them (Romans 8:32, Galatians 3:13-14)? Have we gone back to the old covenant where God was bound by the agreement He made with Israel such that He could not bless them until they carefully followed His commandments (Deuteronomy 28:1-2)?
God promised to “make a new covenant with the house of Israel and Judah, and to never remember their sins” (Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Hebrews 10:14-18). God can treat us better than we deserve because Jesus fulfilled the Law by keeping it perfectly on our behalf. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ He has made you qualify for all God’s favour because He paid the prize for your sins, (past, present, and future) – Hebrews 10:10&14.
Therefore, do not disqualify yourself from receiving the grace of God because you think that you have to do something to qualify for it. We start our relationship with God by faith and continue living in it by faith in what Jesus accomplished for us; not by doing works of the Law (Romans 1:17).
Don’t approach God expecting to get what you deserve, approach Him expecting to get what Jesus provided for you through His finished work.
RECEIVE GOD’S UNEARNED FAVOUR FOR YOU BECAUSE JESUS PAID FOR IT!