There is a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to grace. We distort grace when we see grace as approval instead of undeserved favor, we diminish our joy because we miss the truth that God predestined us for a purpose, to conform us to Christ.
So we tell ourselves, “God loves me
and accepts me just the way I am” —“Wait a tick” (Austin Powers), that
isn't true at all! God loves us and accepts us in
spite of the way we are and He loves and accepts us because of who
Jesus is. God love's us so much that He refuses to leave us the way that
He found us. He is at work making us like Jesus.
grace an excuse for your disobedience. Jesus didn't die on the cross so
you could stay just the way you are. God's eternal plan is to change you
and that goes against our controlling selfish nature. We should be glad
that God will not leave us alone.