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Jesus made no distinction between the attitude of the heart and the work of one's hands. To imply the work of one's hands as the basis of sin is to assert that it is possible to save oneself by righteous deeds, which is nullified by the concept of grace. This is the problem of religion; it always seeks change from the outside in, but faith changes a person from the inside out. A person's heart determines their actions, not the other way round.
All in all, a person produces action toward the end that it will produce happiness in the end. The lie that we labor under when we persist in sin is that it will make us happy. The truth that we labor under when we commit righteous deeds according to God's expectations is that He has promised us joy as a return.
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