"But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace."
The most difficult thing to learn as a Christian is how to live by grace. We all naturally want to do work. We are taught from an early age that if you work hard, you will get results. In fact, the curse in Genesis 3 dictates that we work the land for our provision. Because of Sin, works was the way of the world.
Naturally, we seek to build religions, that is, ways to work our way back up to God. But can anyone of use what God has given us to repay God? And so the Law was given to be obeyed but it only proved to show how far off we were from God. It served only to multiply transgressions so that grace could abound even more. In fact it was broken before it was even received (Ex 32).
Do not believe in religion, but have faith that God sent his Son to die for our sins and that he raised him up so that we may be raised with him. Where we could never get to God, God came to us. Stop trying to be righteous and instead submit to the Righteous One for surely his righteousness is enough for all who call upon His Name.
Brothers and Sisters, you are free from works which bring death so live unto Christ! Do not forfeit grace!