Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”
No matter what we do we can never be ‘good enough’ to be saved. Salvation is a free gift that comes to the best of us and to the worst of us if we want to put people into categories. The truth is that in God’s sight no one is better than another person and it is only our human nature which causes us to classify one sin as worse than another. Jesus came to save all with absolutely no effort on our part.
This verse tells us that if salvation came because of what we did then we may be tempted to boast and say things like “but I don’t murder anyone, I don’t steal, I don’t commit adultery’, etc. while by boasting like this we would be committing the sin of pride. As a free gift though there is nothing we can boast in.
We also don’t keep our salvation because of the good works we do. James does tell us that faith without works is dead but it is not our doing good works that keeps our salvation but rather it is just the fruit of our salvation. If we are saved we should be doing good works, not because we have to do them in order to be saved but because our love for God should flow out naturally into our love for our fellow man; because God has shown us so much grace, we also should be showing this same grace to others.
Salvation is a free gift of God, you can’t do anything to get it or keep it. God has given it to you and God will hold you and protect your salvation but will you show this same grace to others? Will you forgive those who sin against you? Will you forgive those who you disagree with and who are doing things you don’t believe to be right? After God has given you so much can you really withhold it from others?