Now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. -1 Corinthians 13:13 (NKJV)
Just as a mother encourages her children, Paul was telling the Corinthians to press on to maturity in Christ. Once becoming Christian, we have a zeal to please the Lord, but we have to remember that God looks at our hearts not our acts. If our hearts are not filled with faith, hope and love then the acts we do will be hollow, empty attempts to earn His love. Reach past the actions to the One who can empower them. Stop trying to do what is right and focus on the One who is right. When it comes from your heart, then you will please the Father and truly know who Jesus is.