Jesus is Gracious so we don't have to prove ourselves. Because God is gracious, we don't have to prove ourselves anymore. Flannery O'Connor wrote in her novel Wise Blood that" The best way to avoid Jesus is to avoid sin." Because we are human, we can try to be good and like god without God, but in the end we are sinning because we're replacing His grace to prove our worth and instead of running to what we have done to make us worthy. We will sin. We will need to repent. And His gracious loving arms will welcome us, hold us, and restore us every time.