If lips and life do not agree, the testimony will not amount to much.
Grace is the very opposite of merit... Grace is not only undeserved favor, but it is favor shown to the one who has deserved the very opposite.
If we would prevail with men in public, we must prevail with God in secret.
Reference: H.A. Ironside Praying in the Holy Spirit, Loizeaux Brothers, p. 59.