For the Christian, understanding the difference between the old and new covenants is essential to success. Under the law, obeying God was demonstrated by actions; under grace, it is now shown by our belief in Jesus Christ. Even Christians can make the mistake of doing religious works by habit without taking God into account or asking for His blessing. This is the definition of ungodliness. It is impossible to succeed when we disregard God and instead focus only on ourselves. Under grace, doing is still important, but the order of things has changed. Believing in God’s love and embracing it enables us to do the right things not out of mechanical habit, but because of our reliance on Him.