Do not strive, or work in the hope of your salvation. If this is occurring, the struggle for assurance and joy will never end. One will spend countless years overly concerned about their destiny and sometimes whether or not they are even a Christian.
Rather, there is spiritual alignment as one loves and walks from their salvation by Christ. This state ensures that gratitude and joy prevail. Faith and Love can flow freely (I John 3:23).
We are to enjoy in God the reconciliation we have received (past tense – see Romans 5:11). Your faith in Christ secures eternal life because of who Christ is and faith in His blood. The blood which gave the sufficient offering with regards to God (propitiation – see Romans 3:24-26)
It is healthy (and commanded) from one’s salvation to seek and cooperate with growing holiness through sanctification by the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18) and growth in Christian graces (2 Peter 1: 5-7).
It is unhealthy to think or to believe that we ourselves can save ourselves by our merit or working (see Romans 9:16). This would mean (by our straining from our own merit) that we are not trusting in what Christ has done for us (see John 19:30 – It is finished).
If Satan would do any one specific thing in the walk of a believer, it would be to cause doubt about the merit and finished work of Christ and make the Christian think that his merit is worth as much (as Christ’s perfect obedience) to God when scripture plainly teaches that only blood makes atonement for the soul (Leviticus 17:11)
In your walk, by all means seek holiness and continued growth in grace from the Holy Spirit. But I sincerely urge you to not strive to accomplish salvation or grace by your own power or doing.
Salvation and grace are gifts from God (see Ephesians 2:8-9 & John 4:10). These are already the believer’s because of Jesus Christ.
Gifts are to be received and enjoyed. Not striven for and worried over.